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'Furnishings' is one catch-all one often sees.
 
Jon
 
> Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:43:01 -0500
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> Subject: [M-R] Ecclesiastical furniture?
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> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
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> thanks to the notice on this list a few weeks ago that the proceedings of the
> Met's Year 1200 conference are available online, i’ve been reading this
> interesting contribution:
>
> William Wixom, “The Greatness of the So-Called Minor Arts,” in The Year
> 1200 II: Background Survey (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975), pp.
> 93-132
>
> which has led me to begin writing --after several years of thinking about
> it-- a chapter of my book (to be published early in the next millennium) on
> “The Problem of Lost Monuments and the Implications of Destruction”
>
> although i knew that it would be difficult to write about “Lost
> Monuments”
> generally, i have discovered that properly illustrating such things is
> proving to be a much, much harder task.
>
> but, nonetheless, in keeping with the ancient Traditions of this list, i shall
> persevere, ad nauseum if necessary.
>
>
> Wixom is primarily concerned with “portable altars, book covers, crosses,
> crosiers, chalices, patens, candlesticks and large casket shrines” --which
> constitute the overwhelming majority of the “lost monuments” which i am
> interested in discussing the implications of.
>
>
> i have a question about the proper term to use to refer to most of the objects
> in that list, viz., portable altars, crosses, crosiers, chalices, patens,
> altar cloths, etc.
>
> however, calling all these objects “ecclesiastical furniture” sounds
> rather strange in English (since they can’t be sat on or lain on or even
> eaten off of), but i’m really drawing a Blank thinking of another term to
> use here.
>
> does anyone have any better suggestions about a term to use here?
>
> c
>
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