A lovely provincial Spanish walnut offertory box of plank construction dating to the 18th century. It has an iron lock plate with hasp and carved floral decoration to the front panel.
The offertory is part of the Eucharistic service when bread and wine are placed on the altar and is thought to originate from Christ's offerings to his disciples at the last supper. Collection of alms from the congregation takes place at this point in the service, or possibly afterwards, and offertory boxes, alms dishes or silver plate were used for the collection of money for the poor or for the church. The use of simple carved decoration to the front is in keeping with the unpretentious nature of this provincial piece.
Condition: Later runners .
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