Chalice - Styles and Influences
Cologne; 2nd half 12th c.
This large and richly decorated chalice is in the pure Romanesque style, its harmony visible in the simplicity of relations among the individual parts. The base has the same diameter as the aperture and they are both decorated with a relief divided into ten fields that spread petal-like from the centre. Within each of the stylized petals of the base the figures of ten saints and apostles are embossed in graded relief. Their hair and beards and the folds of their gowns are all stylized and linear, but none of the figures appear twice.