Can You Name All of These Ceremonial Artifacts?

Ariana Perez

The physical remnants believed to come from the cross where Jesus was crucified, what is this called?

These are used as a symbol in Christianity. Churches across the world have crosses for followers who want to worship.

Most commonly used in the Eastern World. Can you identify this artifact?

These statues were first seen in the first century. Many Buddhist practices require followers to visualize a particular Buddha in order to receive that Buddha’s blessings.

It is said this cup was used to collect Jesus’s blood at his crucifixion. Can you name it?

It is said Joseph of Arimathea later used the cup to collect Jesus’s blood at his crucifixion. Today, many Christian denominations utilize a similar object as a standing cup used to hold sacramental wine during the Eucharist.

Can you name this pottery object used for holding offerings?

This piece’s provenance is from Cyprus and it dates back to 600-480 B.C. Currently, this piece can be found in New York’s Met Museum.

Can you name this book that describes the journey to the afterlife?

This book describes the journey to the afterlife. It was used as a funerary text and it consists mainly of incantations that are believed to help a dead person’s journey to the underworld.

Several of these were placed in sanctuaries as offerings. Can you name them?

These statuettes were placed in sanctuaries as offerings. If a temple was to be rebuilt, they would be buried.

This was used to serve for offerings made with several elements. Can you name it?

Sometimes it was used for animal sacrifices. The altar served for offerings made with wine, incense and grain meal mixed with oil.

Can you name this object used in Buddhism?

The cylindrical wheel is on a spindle often made of metal, coarse cotton or other materials. It has the Om Manu Padme Hum mantra written around it.

To request protection, you ring these. Can you name the items?

These objects are used during a ceremony and are rung to request protection. The two objects mainly come together.

Can you name this Tibetan ritual item that can be worn around your wrist or dangling from your fingers?

These are also known as Malas, the original Sanskrit word. They can be worn wrapped around wrists or left dangling from fingers.

This bowl is believed to be able to clear the mind. Can you name it?

The bowls are believed to clear the mind. They are used during meditation to invoke a state of relaxation when used to produce mellow musical tones.

This was once used as a recording device. Can you name it?

Quipus are also called ‘talking knots.’ These were used as recording devices in the region of Andrean South America. It consisted of colored, spun threads or strings from llama or alpaca hair.

Once used for ritual washing, can you name this cup?

This cup was used for ritual washing. According to Jewish law, you must ritually wash your hands prior to eating bread and when waking up in the morning.

This was used to offer prayers, as part of a ceremonial commitment or to seal a treaty. Can you name it?

Ceremonial pipes were used by several Native American cultures. The pipes were smoked to offer prayers, as part of a ceremonial commitment or to seal a treaty.

Can you name this part of church furniture used to admit or adopt a person into Christianity?

A baptismal font holds holy water. During the baptismal ceremony, a priest blesses the candidate as part of the ceremony of Christian initiation.

Used to burn incense, can you name this artifact?

It’s a vessel used to burn incense. The censer is swung on chains during religious ceremonies.

Churches use this to keep the Eucharist. Can you name it?

The tabernacle, usually locked, is where churches keep the Eucharist. In some churches, the Eucharist is kept in an ambry, a less visible container set into a wall.

These candlesticks are used by the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches. Can you name them?

The dikiron and trikirion are candlesticks used by the Eastern Orthodox and Easter Catholic churches. When translated, dikiron means “dual candle” and trikirion means “triple candle.”

Can you name this fan used to keep insects away from the Sacred Spices and from the priest?

The flabellum is made of different materials, including silk, parchment or feathers. These were used to protect consecrated Body and Blood of Christ, as well as the priest, from insects.

Can you identify this ornamented staff carried in front of a sovereign or other high-ranking official during ceremonies?

Maces originated in the ancient Near East. Today, several countries still use maces during ceremonies. For example, the UK’s House of Commons can only carry session lawfully once the mace is present at the table.

This crown was named after one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. Can you name it?

This piece was named after Edward the Confessor, one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the leading figure to place this crown on a monarch’s head during the crowning ceremony.

This sword is used during the coronation of British kings and queens. Can you name it?

This sword is used during the coronation of British kings and queens. The sword is considered to be part of the UK’s Crown Jewels.

These items can be found today in the Tower of London. Can you name them?

The Crown Jewels of the UK can be distinguished from others by their prominent piece, St. Edward’s Crown. These can be seen (under armed guard) in the Tower of London.

Can you identify this ceremonial piece worn as a symbol of office or rank?

This cap is a symbol of the British sovereign and carried before the monarch during State Opening of Parliament. It is made of crimson velvet and lined with ermine.

This crown was worn by monarchs of this country until the abolition in 1917. Can you identify it?

This crown was used by the Russian monarchs until the abolition in 1917. Currently, the crown can be viewed on display in the Kremlin Armoury in Moscow.

This sword is the representation of virtue and courage. Can you name it?

Kusanagi was originally known as Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, which translates to “Heavenly Sword of Gathering Clouds.” The sword represents virtue and courage.

Can you identify this piece, worn first during the British coronation?

This robe is also known as the Robe of State. It is the first robe used during coronation. It must be worn on entry to Westminster Abbey and later at State Openings of Parliament.

This crown replaced the first crown made for the first emperor of this country. What is it called?

This crown was manufactured in 1841, replacing the first crown made for the first Brazilian emperor. It weighs approximately 4 pounds and can currently be found in the Imperial Museum of Brazil.

What is the name of this garment used during the anointing ceremony of the British Coronation?

This gown is to be worn during the anointing ceremony of the British Coronation. It is worn like a coat and can be fastened on the back.

Worn during the British Coronation and symbolizing humility, can you name this piece?

Colobium Sindonis is shroud tunic in Latin. It is a white pleated dress worn during the British coronation symbolizing humility.

This piece is considered to be one of the most sacred and ancient regalia of Thailand. Can you name it?

One of the most sacred and anciet regalia of Thailand, the Royal Nine-Tired Umbrella is made with white silk and trimmed with gold. The coronation rites must be completed in order for the new king to sit under the umbrella.

This crown is big and heavy, weighing 16 pounds. Can you name this Southeast Asian crown?

The Great Crown of Victory is part of the Thailand Regalia. It is 26 inches high and weighs 16 pounds.

Can you name this piece worn by the pope?

The pallium is worn by the pope. By tradition, when a pope dies, he is buried with the last pallium he wore.

This artifact was used used during the coronation of queens. Can you name it?

It is believed it used to be of Abbot Suger. The serpentine paten was once used during the coronation of queens.

Can you name the outermost liturgical piece of clothing worn by clergy during the celebration of Eucharist?

The chasuble is primarily used in the Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches. It is the outermost vestment worn by the priest, over the alb and stole.

This was made mainly of siltstone. Can you identify this artifact?

These cosmetic palettes were made mainly of siltstone. Later in time, the purpose of these turned more ceremonial and commemorative rather than what they were original made for.

These are usually worn by priests in the Eastern Orthodox, Catholics and Anglican churches. What is it?

Miters are worn usually by the priests in the Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican churches. The bishop piece in chess was designed after a Western miter.

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About This Quiz

Evolution is part of human nature. And as a consequence, the mind also changes. We are curious and innovative – maybe not at the level of Einstein – but every human has thought of at least one idea and one innovation. Some thought about formal or religious occasions to celebrate a specific event.

Today, we turn to artifacts, or objects made by humans that relate to cultural or historical interest, to study the reasoning behind this and learn more about the way humans thought, behaved and changed over time. More interestingly, many of the artifacts relate back to ceremonies, giving us a glimpse and a chance to understand how cultures and societies revered these. Some artifacts are made of simple clay. Others have beautiful material woven into them, such as silk and gold.

Artifacts are not just limited to precious metals or expensive jewels encrusted with diamonds. These objects can be as lavish as they can be austere. For example, would you ever think of an umbrella as an artifact? Or a robe? What about a hat? There are many artifacts around the world, all of which are beautiful and interesting. Do you think you can name all of these artifacts on the list? Give it a try!

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