Maple mazer alms bowl, English, c 13th century.
3 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

Maple mazer alms bowl, English, c 13th century.

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Description

Mazer bowls are hardwood drinking bowls, often rimmed with silver. In medieval times such bowls were used to gather alms (gifts of money or food). This is a copy of a mazer bowl said to have contained an amber jewel from the shoe of Thomas a Becket (1118-1170), the Archbishop of Canterbury who became a martyr.
 

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