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Object Name Cupboard
Description Wooden Viaticum (Last Rites, Last Sacrament) cupboard, possibly from Saint Alphonsus Hospital (founded in 1894 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Alphonsus was the first hospital established in Boise.) The wood on the cupboard is coated with a light varnish. The top two-thirds of the cupboard consists of a compartment covered with a glass panel. The back of the compartment is curved and has a scene on paper in yellow and white of the nave of a church. The Virgin Mary and the body of Christ (pieta, Mary holding the body after crucifixion) are portrayed in handpainted plaster, dominating the space. The back of the glass is painted in red, white, orange, gold, blue, green, and black. "Blessed Be Thy Holy Name" is in black and white at the bottom of the panel. Religious symbols, including angels and crosses, border the glass. The bottom third of the cupboard has a compartment with a door that opens downward, held perpendicular to the rest of the cupboard via a chain on the left side. There is a small brass latch on the top edge of the door. Beside the top left and right corners of the door are brass angels that hold the candleholders when the ceremony was in progress. The glass on the hinged door has Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" glued to the back. The reverse of the image is blue and has "VIATICUM" in large bold letters, surrounded by three decorative rectangular borders. The lining of this smaller compartment is red and white diagonal stripes with a pattern of branches and thorns. The back of the cupboard has butcher paper glued and taped down to the sides. There is also picture hanging wire so the cupboard could hang on a wall.

Metal candlesticks: part of the Viaticum cupboard from Saint Alphonsus Hospital. The whole object is S-shaped and looks somewhat like a flower with a curved stem. Long thin leaves come off the main "stalk" and curl back onto other leaves. The "flower" portion of the candlestick is cup-shaped. It has a raised crosshatch pattern on the sides. The cup portion has a flared edge. The inside of the cup is smooth and has wax residue from use.

The lower compartment contained holy water, a paten, two sashes, a vial of oil, two candles, and two candleholders.

Reference: http://www.saintalphonsus.org/bodysarmc2.cfm?id=11
Object Number 2005.020.001 A-C