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Reliquary Shrine with Scenes from the Life of Christ
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Reliquary Shrine with Scenes from the Life of Christ


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description One long side of this shrine shows the Massacre of the Innocents, with the dog-faced Devil counseling the enthroned King Herod at the far right of the lower panel. Above, the Virgin and Child are led by Joseph toward an open gateway to flee into Egypt from the slaughter shown behind and below them. The opposite long side has cast figures of Christ enthroned between Apostles John and James, above, and the Virgin with the Christ Child in her lap between Archangels Raphael and Gabriel below. The Annunciation is displayed on one end. The shrine has lost its wooden core, as well as the door that once sealed the relics inside.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/05/1958Treatmentcoated
11/20/1984Treatmentcleaned
1/01/2001Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Reliquaries and Ritual: Medieval Objects of Devotion. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
Provenance [From Toulouse (archives of Brimo de Laroussilhe)]; Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris, by purchase; Henri Daguerre, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions Inscribed on band along the roof of the chasse on Christ Enthroned side: SCS IA/COBUS: SALVA/TOR MUNDI:/ SCS IOHS:; [Transcription] S[AN]C[TU]S IA/COBUS: SALVA/TOR MUNDI:/ S[AN]C[TU]S IOH[ANNE]S:; [Translation] Saint James, the Savior of the World, Saint John. Inscribed on band along top of the lower panel on Christ Enthroned side: SCS/ MICAEL SCA/ MARIA SCS G/ABRIEL; [Transcription] S[AN]C[TU]S/ MIC[H]AEL S[AN]C[T]A/ MARIA S[AN]C[TU]S G/ABRIEL; [Translation] Saint Michael, Saint Mary, Saint Gabriel.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928

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Period
mid 13th century (Medieval)
Medium
champlevé enamel on gilded copper
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.4
Measurements
H: 9 7/16 x W: 9 1/4 x D: 3 3/8 in. (24 x 23.5 x 8.5 cm)
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