Nails and flinders of the true Cross; thigh bones, skulls, and hairs of popular Saints; and a unicorn's horn were encased in golden reliquaries and silver monstrances
and guarded deep within the vaults.
Although not on show, that 'sculptured' skull is adorned with diamonds, just like relics and monstrances
in the Catholic tradition.
DeMille had rebuilt a lost world for his Ben Hur: locating forgotten thuribles, monstrances
, Baroque tabernacles .
To the Cornish Protestant Arthur Quiller-Couch, editor of the Oxford Book of English Verse, the chalices and monstrances
of the Meynells' poet-prophet appeared as recondite as Yeats's private mythologies had been to Thompson.
Whatever they saw in the vials and monstrances
held out to them, they revered it as sanguis Christi offered pro nobis on Calvary.
and papal processional crosses from the Pontifical Sacristy have never been on public display, but they and the other works included in Angels from the Vatican all share a motif in common: the depiction of angels by some of the most inspired artists of all time, truly the invisible made visible.
On leaving the museum - with a touch of gold fever - the traveler sees two immense and heavy monstrances
, receptacles in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.
Zealous clergymen conquering the New World under the banner of God and King built churches and missions which needed chalices, ciboriums, monstrances
, alter bells, prayer frames and other silver items.
There treasures, such as silver chalices, gold monstrances
and patens, and silk chasubles, are displayed in glass-doored cabinets usually surrounding a heavy oak table illumined by tall windows.