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Phylactery


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Description This type of reliquary is called a phylactery (amulet) after the smaller versions of the same shape that believers wore around their necks for personal protection. This phylactery may originally have rested on a sculpted base or have been suspended from a canopy above the altar. Relics were placed under the five large convex crystals, which acted as magnifying glasses.
Exhibitions
  • Magic Black and White: An Exhibition of Black and White Magic. Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. 1960.
  • Reliquaries and Ritual: Medieval Objects of Devotion. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
Provenance Joseph Brummer, New York; Joseph Brummer Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 12, 1949, no. 383; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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Period
13th century (Medieval)
Medium
gilded copper, rock crystal
(Metal)
Accession Number
53.139
Measurements
7 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (19 x 19 x 4.1 cm)
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