A small container for the Eucharist was called a Pyx.  It most frequent form was a circular container with a conical top.  These were often made of bronze gilt with applied enamel decoration, such as those produced in the city of Limoges for export throughout Europe.  The pyx, like the Eucharistic dove, was often suspended over the altar and surrounded by a veil. Veils were a constant element of liturgical performance, as in this illustration.  The veil could be opened for veneration and also closed, increasing the mystery and sense of privileged view surrounding the sacrament.  Margery Kempe describes seasonal liturgies such as Palm Sunday rituals of the priest lifting up of the veil before a crucifix (ch. 78, 6274-77). (Viollet-le-Duc, Mobilier 1:252)

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