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Hand made ceramic vase

SFr. 80.00

This creation can't be dated as it probably is a unique piece made by a passionate ceramist. But as far as I see it, I believe it to be the famous Vase de Soissons.

Enameled ceramic
ø15cm
Origin: Switzerland

 

Pauline tells you a story:

The Vase of Soissons was a semi-legendary sacred vase, probably of precious metal or a hardstone carving rather than pottery, which was kept in a cathedral in the Kingdom of Soissons (France) during Late Antiquity. The existence and fate of the vase are known from Gregory of Tours (ca. 538–594), a Gallo-Roman historian and bishop. 

According to Gregory, the vase was of unusual size and marvelous beauty and was stolen from a church in the pillage that followed the Battle of Soissons of 486; a battle won by the Frankish king Clovis I, who at that time had not yet converted to Christianity. Saint Remigius, the bishop of Reims, sent messengers to Clovis, begging that if the church might not recover any other of the holy vessels, at least this one might be restored. Clovis agreed to do so and therefore claimed the vase as his rightful part of the booty. One soldier disagreed and smashed the vase with his battle-ax saying « Tu ne recevras que ce que le sort t’attribuera vraiment ! » (you'll only receive what fates will allocate you). Clovis at first did not react to this insult and gave the broken vase to Remigius. A year later, however, he saw the soldier again, took the man's axe and threw it on the ground. The man bent down to pick up his axe, and Clovis smashed his skull with his own ax, commenting "Just as you did to the vase at Soissons!"