Monday, 7 July 2008

'Holy Grail to be the centrepiece of Byzantine exhibition...'

'It was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century and hailed as the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. Half a century after being redated to the 6th century, the exquisite silver treasure known as the Antioch Chalice is coming to Britain for the first time as part of an exhibition of the glories of Byzantium.

The Royal Academy of Arts said yesterday that the Antioch Chalice will be displayed alongside 300 objects that reflect the splendours of the Byzantine Empire. Icons, detached wall paintings, micro-mosaics and ivories, as well as gold and silver metalwork, will come from collections across Europe, the US, Russia, Ukraine and Egypt.'

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Interestingly, this sixth century 'grail' belongs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. See: for more.

1 comment:

anadæ said...

Ah yes, the Cup of the Last Supper. Well, it's doubtful that the particular chalice profured in this traveling side show IS actually authentic. Legend has it that Mother Mary's brother, Joseph of Arimethea, had brought it to the mist-shrouded shores of Avalon. That is, as you well "gno", currentday Britain. Unless someone absconded with it since, it's bound to be there still.

Recall how in the fanciful Steven Spielberg rendition of the Grail hunt, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", the location of the Cup was within the walls of the lost city of Petra. Its authenticity therein was thereby determined through a riddle of guessing a cryptogram that consisted of walking upon stones that would, step by carefully applied step, spell out the Creator's name. To fail in so doing would mean certain death. Then, passing this grade, one was led to an inner sanctum wherein one was met by an immortal (!) Knight Templar. The seeker would then have to choose which among many ersatz copies of all kinds the genuine chalice was. As it turned out in this Saturday afternoon adventure fare, it was a mere hand-carved wooden one, not a richly-inlaid goldsmith's masterpiece. This stands to reason in light of the Son of Man being an humble carpenter before He had embarked upon His mission.

And so it is with the presentday exhibit of the Cup; it just ain't the real deal. Seek ye information on another touring exhibition of antiquities, christened "Wine, Worship & Sacrifice". It is the world's largest, most exquisitely executed collexion of gold work amassed from ancient Georgia. Remember, the city of Colchis IN Georgia is wherefrom the sorceress Medea in the Classical Greek myth of Jason & the Golden Fleece herself hailed. To this day, despite its Christianisation, Medea is STILL considered a national heroine to the Georgian populace. Here's an article on it from earlier this year: