Chalices

Chalices

Gold, silver and semiprecious stones 17th-20th centuries   In this display case we can admire many chalices dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Notable is the chalice decorated with sapphires and rubies donated by Cardinal Bernardo Pianetti. The walls of the room hold 165 ex voto, mainly praying figures or body parts from…

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver 16th-20th centuries   In this display case besides a small temple shaped Gothic style reliquary in silver and coral there is a collection of patens, incense boats and other objects used during the mass and sacraments. The paten is a gold or gilded metal plate used to contain the host before and…

Reliquary Busts

Reliquary Busts

Gilded wood or silver papier mache 17th-18th centuries   The Museum has many reliquaries of different materials and shapes. The most common are the wooden box type with various decorations. Others are in metal in different architectural styles or similar to a monstrance. Others are similar to body parts from which the relic came, known…

Antifonals

Antifonals

Ink on parchment with miniatures 13th-15th centuries cm. 75×55   Antifonals are liturgical books used in the Catholic ritual of the Canonic Hours, containing the sung part of the liturgy. Those exhibited here are made using very high quality parchment and were found under the ruins of the church of S. Sisto after the 1944…

Bust of San Sisto

Bust of San Sisto

Silver embossed, engraved, chiseled, golden, gilded copper and gems 1440-1450 d.C. Anonymous silversmith of Viterbo area height 52 cm, width 50 cm, depth 30 cm   Bust of San Sisto II – the reliquary of San Sisto II (became pope in 257, martyrized in 258 during the reign of Valeriano) from the Church of San Sisto,…