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Hanging Reliquary

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Mandorla-shaped reliquary with an attachment loop at the top. Radiographs (fig. 16, Swarzenski and Netzer 1986) show a wooden core in one piece to which copper plaques, overlapping at their edges, have been attached with small nails. On the front side, the outer border formed by two plaques is...

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Provenance

A public sale at Croissy, France. 1927, A. Gilbert collection; November 29 - December 1, 1927, posthumous Gilbert sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 28. 1931, Alfred Rütschi, Zürich; September 5, 1931, Rütschi sale, Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, lot 44, possibly to Theodor Fischer, Lucerne (?) [see note 1]; August 31, 1938, sold by Fischer to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P15066); May 12, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 369, to the MFA for $350. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949) NOTES: [1] This is conjectural, based upon the fact that the object was auctioned at the Galerie Fischer, and sold seven years later by Fischer to Brummer.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

German (Meuse), Medieval, third quarter of 12th century

Dimensions

16.9 x 10.6 x 3.7 cm (6 5/8 x 4 3/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.480

Medium or Technique

Vernis brun and gilding on copper over wooden core; cabochons and rock crystal

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Enamels