Description This type of reliquary, sometimes called "bursa" or "purse-shaped," originated in Germany and Austria in the 13th century. On the back is a long inscription that lists all the relics once contained inside. In the Middle Ages, it was not unusual to combine many relics in one container, thereby increasing the number of saints who could potentially intercede to help answer the prayers of the faithful.
|12/31/1969||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|4/05/1979||Examination||examined for condition|
|5/07/1996||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|7/25/1996||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation|
|4/24/2006||Examination||examined for condition|
|3/03/2011||Examination||examined for loan|
- Zeit der Frühen Habsburger: Dome und Klöster, 1279-1379. Stift Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg. 1979.
- Reliquaries and Ritual: Medieval Objects of Devotion. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
- Smith College Museum of Art Early Medieval Research. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton. 1996.
- The Art of Empathy: The Cummer Mother of Sorrows in Context. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville. 2013-2014.
Provenance Ernest Odiot, Paris; Sale, Chevalier & Mannheim, Paris, April 26-27, 1889, no. 62; Chabrières-Arles, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Duveen, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henri Daguerre, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Inscribed on one long side panel of the reliquary: +DE.DENTE.S.BARTHOL.S. / PETRI.ET.PAVLI.THOME.ST / EPHI.PANTAL.M.ET.D'CAPUTE / XPOFORI.M.VNDECI.M.V.D.SE / PL'CRO.D.BNDCI.ABB'D'PSEPE. / D'.DE.CAPILL'.S.M.VIRG.DE. / VESTE.CORNELII.ET.ALIOR.SCR [Translation] [Relics] of the tooth of St. Bartholomew, Sts. Peter and Paul, Thomas, Stephen, Pantaleon, martyrs; and of the head of Christopher, martyr; the Eleven Thousand Virgins; of the sepulcher of the Lord; of Benedict, Abbot; of the cradle of the Lord; of the hair of the Blessed Virgin Mary; of the garment of Cornelius and of other saints.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922
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