- unknown artist
Unknown artist, Alms Purse, about 1780. Gilt silver, gold thread fabric, silk lining and tassels; 8⅜ × 5¾ in. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2013.311.
This small bag would have belonged to a upper level cleric in the Catholic church, such as a bishop. Offerings, also called alms, were given to the church by placing them in this purse. On one side of the red silk and gold thread bag is a silver plaque bearing the monogram of the Virgin Mary; on the other side two kneeling angels flank a large monstrance, the vessel used to display the holy euchristic wafer.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2017
- "Heaven and Earth: The Jan and Frederick Mayer Collection of Spanish Colonial Art from the Denver Art Museum, Jun 16-Oct 8, 2006, Museo de las Americas, Denver