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Crystal Reliquary
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Crystal Reliquary

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Description This barrel-shaped reliquary is formed of a large, cylindrical piece of crystal bored down the middle to create a narrow compartment for a relic. The rock crystal makes this a type of monstrance (display reliquary) that presents the relic for veneration visibly rather than keeping it hidden from view as in an enamel, church-shaped shrine.
  • 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 Tycon and Smith, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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ca. 1200 (Medieval)
copper with gilding on rock crystal
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H at top of center finial: 5 11/16 x W: 6 5/8 x D: 3 3/4 in. (14.5 x 16.8 x 9.5 cm)


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