In the papal sacristy one spots things that they might never see anywhere else such as the papal fistula, fanon, etc.
I think that these objects on top are mini tabernacles - one of which would be placed on the papal high altar for papal Masses in the Vatican Basilica, but I'll have to ask my confrere Greg.
I may be wrong but I think that they might actually be the 'Pax' or instrumentum pacis, presented to prelates and princes during Masses when the sign of peace is given by the priest.
I think these are mostly "osculatoria" used during the Pax
Ah, okay, many thanks as I was wondering what they were!
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