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Ampulla 5/4 Vase

Numbered Edition

The anointing is the most sacred part of the coronation ceremony, and takes place before the investiture and crowning. Traditionally, the Archbishop pours holy oil from an ampulla, into a spoon, and anoints the sovereign on the hands, chest and head. The gesture dates back to the Old Testament Book of Kings and the anointing of Solomon as King.

Reflecting a modern monarchy, the ancient recipe for the coronation anointing oil has been updated to include olive oil scented with a mix of essential oils, benzoin, cinnamon, jasmine, neroil, rose, sesame, with orange blossom also added. It was these coronation emblems that inspired Nicola to create a design fit for our new King. Oranges and burnished brown cinnamon sticks sit amongst white roses with soft cream shading at their centres, and small star-shaped jasmine flowers - all set against the dramatic backdrop of a classic Moorcroft dark blue ground.

The ampulla dates back to Roman time, and was a small round vessel with two handles, used for sacred purposes. Nicola wanted to emulate this ancient shape with her contemporary design and so Moorcroft’s classic twin-handled vase has been reimagined for King Charles III’s coronation on a new and smaller shape to mark this very special historic occasion.

Ex Tax: £412.50
  • Designer: Nicola Slaney
  • Dimensions: H 10.00 x W 11.00 x D 11.00 cm
  • Availability: Please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery


  • Product Width11.00cm
  • Product Height10.00cm
  • Product Depth11.00cm
  • Shape:5/4
  • Designer:Nicola Slaney
  • Edition:Numbered
  • Design Window (Style):Fruits of the Earth / Broad Florals

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