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Description This reliquary resembles a miniature Gothic church, complete with gargoyles. It is crowned by a figure of the Evangelist Luke, with his attribute, or symbol, the ox. A relic or small piece of a saint's body would have been contained in a rock crystal cylinder (now missing). Relics were collected during the Middle Ages. They were often the most prized possessions of kings and noblemen and the beginning of many family collections. They continued to be collected in the 1600s.
Date Description Narrative
  • The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
  • For This is My Body: The Medieval Missal. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Hollingworth Magniac, Colworth, Bedfordshire, before 1862, by purchase; Charles Magniac, Colworth, 1867, by inheritance; Sale, Christies, London, July 2, 1892, no. 790; Charles Borradaile, Brighton, by purchase; George Robinson Harding, London, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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1375-1400 (Medieval)
gilded silver
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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16 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (41 x 12 cm)
  • Germany, Swabia (Place of Origin)
  • Austria (Place of Origin)
  • Czech Republic, Prague (Place of Origin)


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