Indiana Jones Last Crusade Grail

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by tain669, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. tain669

    tain669 Sr Member

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    I'd like to know if the Grail were rally what would it be made of.My guess would be stone.The Romans could lathe cups from the native stone and stone was considered more pure for then wood. But I'd like to know what you guys think it might be made of. Thanks
  2. jedichase

    jedichase Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well I'm in the middle of doing a run of grails that are made of wood. So I'm inclined to say wood, but I would say clay pottery.
  3. Jay1138

    Jay1138 Active Member

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    Good luck jedichase! I keep thinking that Sideshow is on this one. So we'll see. I've seen very few Grail cups get made that are at all accurate to the film version.
  4. shanes4doorsi

    shanes4doorsi New Member

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    clay for sure thats what it looks like in the movie
  5. Propsjonnyb

    Propsjonnyb Well-Known Member

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    The Grails in the movie were all hand thrown, made of clay, painted with various plaster and poster washes, and then lined internally and randomly on the outside with real goldleaf applied with size.
  6. Whovian

    Whovian Well-Known Member

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    considering that Jesus was a carpenter, I would expect his cup to be either clay, or wood.
  7. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Most likely clay. Turning wood was a more involved process back then. :)
  8. Alkali Jones

    Alkali Jones New Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Hey Whovian,

    Few homes at that time (1st century) would be like modern homes built of wood. A "carpenter" at that time would more likely be a stone mason. So maybe a clay cup or a lathed stone cup, not so much wood I'd guess.

    Dan S
  9. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    99 %, clay.

    Wood keeps liquid cool for far less time than a clay cup in a hot climate like the Middle East.

    Carpenter or not, everyone could afford a 2c clay cup from the abundance of potters available then [​IMG]

    Stone is very difficult to carve (in those days), and not worth the time & effort for a simple drinking utensil. Stone 'cups' were used primarily for 'pounding' (herb seeds etc).

    ... and you do all realise we are replying to a thread that is a year old [​IMG]
  10. NakedMoleRat

    NakedMoleRat Sr Member

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    Whoever said that the so called holy grail was a cup Jesus made himeslf and carried around everywhere he went. (29 CE Sports bottle?) As the 'last supper' that he attended with his apsotles was directly after the Penticost Celebration meal, there were already the cups, etc. there. He simply used what was already available.

    Given that clay was the most used source material for cups, oil lamps, water basins, cooking pots, etc. It would likewise be sensible that these drinking glasses were made of clay.

    I doubt that anyone making it at the time said, "Hey, we're crafting a special glass for Jesus to drink out of tonight!" Not to mention, that it was passed around to 11 other guys to drink out of as well!

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