from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An osculatory or pax.
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Then in about the twelfth or thirteenth century the use of the instrumentum pacis, or osculatorium, known in
This latter manner of giving the peace among the laity seems to have been maintained till the thirteenth century, when a substitute for the actual kiss was introduced in the shape of a small wooden tablet, or plate of metal (osculatorium, deosculatorium, asser ad pacem etc.) bearing an image of the Blessed Virgin, of the titular of the church, or other saint, or more frequently of the crucifixion.
Another vessel, which came into use at this time and upon whose manufacture great stress was laid, is the "pax", or "osculatorium" (instrumentum pacis).
"I remember a certain superior person, when Tom and I were engaged, calling mother's boudoir -- the only quiet place in the house -- the osculatorium."
_osculatorium_, or pax tablet, of ivory or wood, overlaid with gold, was used for giving the kiss of peace during the High Mass just before the reception of the Host.