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Pair of silver communion beakers

Surviving pieces of early Scottish silver often reveal links to European work. Straight-sided communion beakers found in north east Scotland strongly resemble Dutch drinking vessels, reflecting trade influences. This patch box, used to hold artificial beauty spots, is made using silver filigree wirework, a technique predominantly practised in Scandinavia. Due to its monetary value, silver was often recycled: this dish was originally a domestic rosewater basin but was given to St John's Kirk in the 1640s, most likely to serve as a baptismal basin.

Credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum...

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