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Wine jug, Germany, around 1550. Gold, enamel, 7 diamonds, 14 rubies. Height 16.9 cm, width 8.5 cm, weight 301 g. Green Vault, 41. © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

The small communion pot is made of pure gold and carries on the foot, "belly" and lid colored enamelled ornament, which is set with diamonds and rubies in high box settings. The smooth Kopus stands out brilliantly from the colored relief. The shape of the decor dates back to the middle of the 16th century. A black enamelled V (Vinum) on the front indicates that the vessel was intended for wine. Typically, a wine jug had a counterpart to water, labeled A (aqua). However, this is not known. The precious vessel is listed 1641/1642 in the estate of the widowed Elector Hedwig of Saxony. Together with a golden goblet (Inv.No .: IV 42), a simple golden host box (Inv.No .: IV 82) and a godfather (Inv. IV 74) it was in the church of the castle Lichtenburg, the widow seat of the wife Christian II. Of Saxony. Electress Hedwig could have united the four vessels, which came from different times, for personal use into a four-part communion meal. In the Green Vault, the four pieces are mentioned for the first time in the silver inventory 1723, but without reference to their origin. The message published in 1841 that the Last Supper is from the estate of the Elector Magdalena Sibylla, wife of Elector Johann Georg II of Saxony, can not be proven by sources. In the Green Vault, the four pieces are mentioned for the first time in the silver inventory 1723, but without reference to their origin. The message published in 1841 that the Last Supper is from the estate of the Elector Magdalena Sibylla, wife of Elector Johann Georg II of Saxony, can not be proven by sources. In the Green Vault, the four pieces are mentioned for the first time in the silver inventory 1723, but without reference to their origin. The message published in 1841 that the Last Supper is from the estate of the Elector Magdalena Sibylla, wife of Elector Johann Georg II of Saxony, can not be proven by sources.