Communion cups are undoubtedly the major glory of early 17th century Scottish silver, and indeed they form the majority of surviving examples of the work of Scottish seventeenth-century goldsmiths.

The Dunfermline Abbey cups represent a style at once typical and beautiful. They carryover some stylistic elements from the mazers of the previous century, particularly the egg and dart decoration of the feet coupled with a simple elegance and functionalism.


In possesion of Dunfermline Abbey Church since they were made.

National Museum of Scotland

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Daily, 10am – 5pm 26 Dec and 1 Jan, 12 – 5pm Closed 25 Dec

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