What do you think?
Its date is uncertain, from roughly 1435 to the end of the 15th
century; the vegetable motif in the stem is reminiscent of some of
Leonardo Da Vinci’s architectural work. It may have been created as a
drinking cup, and later transformed into a monstrance after it had been
donated to the Milan's Cathedral. The article on the website correctly notes
that it is different from the more classically Roman form of monstrance,
but this is not a particular feature of the Ambrosian tradition;
monstrances of this kind were fairly common before the
My comment: Before it became a monstrance, it could have been someone's drinking cup! Now that's my kind of drinking cup. When I was a teenager, there was a gas station that gave away lovely drinking cups (glasses) with the Warner Brothers' cartoon characters on them. You could collect a whole set. I loved those glasses! Then I went off to the seminary only to return home for a break and to find that they were no longer at home. But I think the drinking cup above my mom would have saved!
Thats a some a cup!