Pax with the Death and the Assumption of the Virgin, anonymous, c. 1500 - c. 1520

Pax with the Death and the Assumption of the Virgin, anonymous, c. 1500 - c. 1520

ivory, h 21.3cm × w 12.7cm × d 8.2cm. More details

During the Middle Ages, it became the custom for the faithful to exchange a kiss during Mass as a sign of atonement and peace. The pax (the Latin word for ‘peace’) was a decorated object with a handle at the rear, which was kissed and then passed on to the next person.

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