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goblet

Date: 1870-1871

Media: silver, silver gilt, semi-precious stones

Size: h(cm) : 11.8 x h(in) : 4 5/8 x diam(cm) : 10.8

Acquired: 1984; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 50497

The goblet, made for Burges himself, is one of three known examples of a similar design. Engraved beneath the rim is the triplet ‘NOSTRUM STATUM PINGIT ROSA: NOSTRI STATUS DECENS GLOSA: NOSTRAE VITAE LECTIO’. This appears to be taken from a work by the 12th century poet and theologian, Alanus ab Insulis. In it, Alanus describes how objects of creation are embodied with complex, emblematic meanings. The goblet incorporates colourful cameos and semi-precious stones, probably from Burges’s own collection.

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