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Missal Stand / Lectern

Embossed, carved, partially gilded silver,
with fretwork and a wooden core
Mexico City
c. 1700-1750
49 x 35 x 36 cm.

This stand was intended to hold a missal, a book containing the services for the Catholic Mass for an entire year. This elaborately decorated silver example takes the form of a double-headed eagle topped by a crown and a cross.

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