Top Ten Chalices/Cups

Top Ten Chalices/Cups

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       A chalice is a goblet or footed cup intended to hold a drink, most often intended for drinking during a ceremony.

  1. The Holy Grail
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    The Holy Grail is a sacred object figuring in literature and certain Christian traditions, most often identified with the dish, plate, or cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper and said to possess miraculous powers. The connection of Joseph of Arimathea with the Grail legend dates from Robert de Boron’s Joseph d’Arimathie (late 12th century) in which Joseph receives the Grail from an apparition of Jesus and sends it with his followers to Great Britain; building upon this theme, later writers recounted how Joseph used the Grail to catch Christ’s blood while interring him and that in Britain he founded a line of guardians to keep it safe. The quest for the Holy Grail makes up an important segment of the Arthurian cycle, appearing first in works by Chrétien de Troyes. The legend may combine Christian lore with a Celtic myth of a cauldron endowed with special powers. The Grail legend’s development has been traced in detail by cultural historians: It is a legend which first came together in the form of written romances, deriving perhaps from some pre-Christian folklore hints, in the later 12th and early 13th centuries. The early Grail romances centered on Percival and were woven into the more general Arthurian fabric. Some of the Grail legend is interwoven with legends of the Holy Chalice.
    Links: Top Ten Paintings of the Last Supper, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_grail,
  2. Skullcup (Kapala) (19th Century AD)
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           A human skull rests on a mount of pure gold, embellished with turquoise. During a sacred ceremony, the elaborately decorated lid was removed and the skull – perhaps lined in gold – became a crucible. Inside, symbols of ordinary life were placed, heated, and transformed as part of an elaborate ritual enacted to help the initiates visualize the conversion of ordinary life and death into the path of enlightenment. This skull, given the elaborate mount of costly materials, undoubtedly belonged to a high-ranking lama, whose spiritual status lent special importance to this ritual object.
    Links: Top 100 Gold Artifacts, Top Ten Tibetan/Nepali Artifacts, Top Ten SkullsTop Ten Human Skulls,
  3. Lambayeque Gold Cups (9th-11th Century)
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    These gold Lambayeque cups currently reside at the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York.
    Links: Top 100 Gold ArtifactsTop Ten Lambayeque  Atifacts,
  4. Kalardasht Gold Cup

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    Links: Top Ten Achaemenid Empire/Medo-Persian Empire Artifacts, Top Ten Big Cats,
  5. Gold Cup
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    Links: Top Ten Chimu Artifacts, Top 100 Gold Artifacts,
  6. Tassilo Chalice (780)
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  7. Palais du Tau Chalice (12th Century)
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           Palais du Tau, treasure of the Cathedral of Reims.
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  8. Janus Gold Chalice (3rd or 4th Century BC)
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    Links: Top 100 Gold Artifacts,
  9. Lotiform Chalice of Tutankhamun
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    Links: Top 100 Egyptian Artifacts,
  10. Baroque Chalice
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  11. Antioch Chalice (Early 6th Century)
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    The Antioch Chalice currently resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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  12. Cup Depicting King Arkesilas II (650 BC)
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    Links: Top 100 Greek Artifacts, Top Ten Kings,
  13. Etruscan Bucchero Chalice (Early 6th Century BC)
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  14. Ipatevskii Monastery Chalice
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    Chalice in the vestry of the Ipatevskii Monastery in Kostroma.
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  15. Borgå Cathedral Chalice (1250)
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    This is a Chalice from Borgå Cathedral (Porvoo Cathedral)
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  16. Marienkirche Dortmund Chalices (1894)
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           These are the Marienkirche Dortmund Chalices made in Münster during the end of the 19th century.
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  17. Treasure of Gourdon (6th Century AD)
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  18. Bonus: Ardagh Chalice (8th Century)
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  19. Links: Artifacts, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalice,