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Duchess Augusta’s cup of death

goblet for Last Supper with enamel skull Germany 1632 Rosenborg Castle copenhagen

Skull chalice (Rosenborg Castle – Copenhagen, Denmark)

This golden chalice was made for King Christian IV’s sister, Duchess Augusta of Holstein-Gottorp in 1632. The engravings on the the chalice can also be found in the illustrations of the Lutheran Strasbourg translation of the Bible, published just two years before in 1630.

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