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Arm Reliquary of Saint Pantaleon
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Arm Reliquary of Saint Pantaleon


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This silver arm is known as a "speaking" reliquary because it takes shape of the body part it once contained. The reliquary reputedly held an arm bone of Saint Pantaleon, a "Holy Doctor" martyred in Asia Minor (AD 305) who later became the patron saint of physicians. The remains of an inscription along the seam of the sleeve refer to the saint by name. The small door with the two glass shields was added in the 15th century, as was the crystal at the edge of the sleeve.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/01/1948Treatmentcleaned; coated
12/01/1984Treatmentcleaned
6/03/1987Examinationother
3/28/1994Treatmentcleaned
10/07/1998Examinationx-ray; technical study
Exhibitions
  • Secrets of Our Own. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 0.
  • A Medieval Treasury from Southern Collections. Ackland Art Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill. 1961.
  • Reliquaries and Ritual: Medieval Objects of Devotion. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Treasures of Heaven. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The British Museum, London. 2010-2011.
Provenance A. Tollin, Paris; Chevallier & Mannheim, Paris, May 20, 1897, no. 79; Robert Hoe, New York; American Art Association, New York, February 15, 1911, no. 1813; Wareham Harding, New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1920, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Incomplete inscription in niello on the narrow silver strip ornamenting the seam of the sleeve: [DE...SANCT]I PANTALEONIS + AVE; [Translation] From Pantaleon, greetings.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1920

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Period
Reliquary: late 13th century; Additions: 15th century (Medieval)
Medium
silver, gilded silver, rock crystal, semiprecious stones, glass, niello
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.688
Measurements
H: 18 9/16 x W: 5 1/16 x D: 3 5/8 in. (47.2 x 12.8 x 9.2 cm)
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