Eucharistic Monstrance

Unknown18th century (late)

Museu de São Roque

Museu de São Roque
Lisboa, Portugal

This monstrance, from the morphological point of view, maintains the typology of the first half of the century, despite being imbued with the Baroque influence.
The stem, in the form of a pilaster with smoothed volutes, sits upon a quadrilobed foot decorated with godroons of vegetal type. The outer part starts around a large green stone and is developed in the shape of a radiant sun. The edge of the lunette (the inner most part) is lined with white stones of the same nature of those decorating the rays. A garland of grapes and wheat sheaves, frequently used at this time, in a clear allusion to the Eucharist. The piece is finished on the top by a cross equally decorated with precious stones.


  • Title: Eucharistic Monstrance
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 18th century (late)
  • Physical Dimensions: w26,8 x h56,8 x d11 cm
  • Provenance: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Type: Metalwork
  • Rights: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • External Link: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Medium: Silver gilt and glass
  • Manufactured: Portugal
  • Function: Liturgical instrument which served to present the Sacred Host, when presented to the adoration of the faithful. Its model, in the shape of a radiant sun, was developed from the 13th Century, after the liturgical celebration of Corpus Christi was officialized in 1264.

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