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Oval Reliquary
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Oval Reliquary

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Description One or more relics were originally displayed behind the open grillwork of this unusual reliquary, which was meant to be hung, perhaps above the altar. This type of pointed, oval reliquary is extremely rare, and only one other example is know to still exist in Vienna, Austria (Kunsthistorisches Museum).
  • Reliquaries and Ritual: Medieval Objects of Devotion. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
Provenance The Benedictine Monastery of Zwiefalten, Wurtemburg; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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mid 14th century (Medieval)
gilded copper, semiprecious stones, over a wooden core
Accession Number
1 11/16 x 6 5/16 x 5 3/8 in. (4.3 x 16.1 x 13.7 cm)
  • Germany, Swabia (Place of Origin)
  • Germany, Zwiefalten (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
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