lectern was an elaborate stand designed to hold important
books on the altar of the Catholic Church. A straight
silver shelf can be seen across the lower part of this
that supported the book. Birds feet provide a raised
front to tip the lectern back to hold the book in an
piece has a wooden core with silver over it. The silver
has been embossed to create the detailed and elaborate
designs of two eagles and a crown. A raised heart is
in the center of this piece with lettering engraved
of this type of lectern are either from Salamanca or
some other locality in Mexico where working in silver
was a craft before the Spaniards arrived. Under the
Spanish, Mexico became a major source of silver ore.
The design possibly originated in Castile in Spain and
first appeared in Mexico in 1715. The Spanish brought
the religion of Catholicism to Mexico when they invaded
the country and this lectern would have been used in
the Catholic Church.
Compute the exact size of this missal stand. Research
the size of full grown eagles and determine if the eagles
represented on this piece are larger or smaller than
they are in real life.
Language Arts: Write a four line rhymed verse to
describe the bird you embossed and display your poem
with your embossment.
Social Studies: Interview leaders from local
churches and determine if missal stands are used today.
If possible get pictures and the history of some local
examples of similar pieces.
Science: Study the life cycle of the eagle. What
areas of the world do they inhabit and is the population
of this species growing or diminishing?