This is a Signature Numbered Limited Edition Reproduction of the the original Great Grail Chalice of Antioch. It is made out of very durable resin, weighs 4 pounds and is a very detailed 1:1 Replica of the original Artifact that is currently located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. On it are 10 Apostle figures and 2 Jesus figures. One Jesus figure is young the other older. The Apostles that appear are the key ones at this time in history when the outer cup was made. Each figure can be determined by the associations of carvings, animals and what they are holding in the artwork. The cup is Antique Silver in color and measures: 7.5 inches tall x 6.5 inches in diameter. The reproduction is cast from a mold that was made using a model that was sculpted by our artisans using the pictures and drawings directly from: Gustavus A. Eisen’s, “The Great Chalice of Antioch.‟ This was published for the Century of Progress in 1934. The detail in this item is extraordinary. Be sure you look at all pictures. The pictures display close ups of the complete circumference of the Grail.
A Replica of the original Antioch Chalice was also used in the famous film The Silver Chalice starring Paul Newman in his first role depicting the maker of this original Chalice. Ours would also be a replica of that item although ours is made to be more like the original.
Along with the Reproduction of Chalice of Antioch you will get a Signed Numbered Certificate and a Free Copy of our full sized (8.5 x 11)135 page book: The Evidence About The Antioch Chalice, complete with Historical Articles about it. The Front and Back cover have full color close up pictures of each side of the Original Chalice that have the Christ figures on them. Inside the book are full close ups of the Original Chalice on each side, showing each figure. The book contains a full copy of of Eisens': The Great Antioch Chalice, Preliminary Report on the Great Chalice of Antioch Containing the Earliest Portraits of Christ and the Apostles, The Date of The Great Antioch Chalice and The Plate with Seven Loaves and Two Fishes on the Great Antioch Chalice. Plus it contains other notable articles: On a Quest for the Holy Grail from Antioch to America, Grail got a Downgrade?, A Note on the Great Antioch Chalice, Eagle and Basket on the Antioch Chalice, Christian Archaeology and much more. As a bonus the book also includes Nineteen Newspaper articles pertaining to the Great Antioch Chalice. These range from the time of its discovery, the touring of Chalice at the Century of Progress event, to modern day updates and opinions about it.
History of Artifact:
The original remarkable ancient Antioch Chalice was discovered in Antioch in 1910 and was believed by many to be the Holy Grail of Christ. It fits many of the traditional specs: it was found in a city where apostles were living shortly after Christ's death, and it has a plain silver interior bowl decorated by an elaborate shell. In the year 1910, near the world-famous city of Antioch in Syria. Workmen labor at the digging of a well, and, as the work proceeds, the piles of dirt taken out of the ground grow higher and higher. Suddenly the work stops, as one of the workmen spots a gleam of metal shining in the sunlight. Carefully he and his companions remove it from the surrounding dirt. As they scrape away the centuries-old crusty residue, they find that they have unearthed two cups, one set within the other. The inner cup is very plain and unprepossessing, but the outer cup is made of silver. The cups pass out of their hands and into the possession of the experts. Slowly the word spreads, and museum curators and historians from all over turn their eyes toward the two cups, for now the word is out that perhaps here, near the city of Antioch, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ten, the greatest treasure of them all has been found. For it is believed that the inner cup might be that most fabulous of all treasures-the Holy Grail!
The experts argued and examined and tested, and for a long time the only thing upon which they agreed at all was to disagree. Certainly the legends of the Holy Grail bore out the possibility of the finding of the cup somewhere near Antioch, for almost immediately after the Last Supper the cup had passed out of the hands of Christ and into the possession of Joseph of Arimathea.The Antioch Chalice was reportedly found in Antioch in 1910. After being restored in Paris in 1913, it was displayed as the Holy Grail by its owners, Kouchakji Freres, at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. It was sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Cloisters in 1950, Then later transferred to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it sits today. The inner silver bowl is enclosed by an elaborate gold, rinceau patterned, footed shell. Inhabiting the fruited grapevine are birds, including an eagle with wings spread; animals, including a lamb and a rabbit; and 12 human figures holding scrolls and seated on thrones. Two of the figures are thought to be images of Christ. The other figures have been variously identified as 10 of the 12 apostles or perhaps classical philosophers who, like the prophets of the Old Testament, foretold the coming of Christ.The identification of the Antioch Chalice has the Holy Grail has not been accepted by experts, and it is generally considered a sixth-century chalice meant to be used in the Eucharist. Most recently, its shape has been recognized as closely resembling that of sixth-century standing lamps, a similarity that may have been inspired by Christ's words, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12).The original owners claimed the chalice was found in Antioch, but some scholars have argued that it, along with the rest of the "Antioch Treasure" of liturgical objects, belonged to the church of St. Sergius in the tower of Kaper Koraon, southeast of Antioch. If this is true, though, the church's members may have purchased the chalice from Antioch. Whatever its date and provenance, the Antioch Chalice remains a remarkable work of early Christian art and intriguing in its mysterious origins.c.500-550 AD, Antioch or Kaper Koraon.