Ciborium vs Baldacchin - What's the difference?

ciborium | baldacchin |


As nouns the difference between ciborium and baldacchin

is that ciborium is a fixed vaulted canopy over a christian altar, supported on four columns while baldacchin is a rich, embroidered brocade used for clothing in the middle ages, the web being gold and the woof silk.

ciborium

Noun

(en-noun)
  • A fixed vaulted canopy over a Christian altar, supported on four columns.
  • A covered receptacle for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist.
  • References

    baldacchin

    English

    Alternative forms

    * baldacchino * baldachin * baldachino * baldakin * baldaquin * baudekin * baudekyn * baudkin * baudkyn * bawdekin

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A rich, embroidered brocade used for clothing in the Middle Ages, the web being gold and the woof silk.
  • (Nares)
  • A canopy suspended over an altar or throne, originally made of this fabric; a ciborium.
  • * 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, p. 682:
  • Bernini had already provided the chief coup de théâtre of the basilica's interior, the monumental bronze canopy or baldachino over the high altar and tomb of St Peter.