Feast of Corpus Christi
The Corpus Christi procession is a feast of the Catholic Church that celebrates the Eucharist. In the 14th century, the Corpus Christi procession became the biggest festival in the city of Valencia.
Solderer Master, Vicente Juliá, through his brand Chauve, carried out a procession of 1,216 figures, in 45mm scale. In it, we can see both the representatives of the ecclesiastical part and those of the civil and military part. In addition, the famous giants and big heads, the Moma dance, the monstrance, the eagles, the biblical characters, etc. are also shown.
Unfortunately, most of the pieces displayed are damaged by the so-called “lead disease”, a deterioration of the physical and chemical properties of the metal. As we can see, the external appearance of the pieces that suffer from it presents a whitish substance, which is lead carbonate that appears above the painting of the figures. It is an irreversible process that we can only delay or prevent.