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Reliquary (covered box)

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The plain body was hollowed out, like a sarcophagus, for the relics it contained. The raised area of the bottom of the lid was given a corresponding flange to allow it to fit in the body. On the sides of the lid are visible a cross in a circle, flanked by stylized vine leaves and buds. On the...

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By 1963: with George Zacos, 65 Engelgasse, Basel, Switzerland (said to come from Istanbul); purchased by MFA from George Zacos, May 13, 1964

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

Byzantine, Byzantine Period, Late 6th–7th century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 275; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).


Height x length: 17.5 x 14.2 cm (6 7/8 x 5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Ritual Objects