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Reliquary casket ("Emly Shrine")

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Carved from a single block of wood, the body and lid have bronze moldings applied with small nails on the edges. Attached to the ridgepole of the sloped roof are bird's-head terminals in green, yellow and red (now brown) enamel and a central boss-repeating the shape of the shrine- with a grid of...

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By 1853, William Monsell (b. 1812 - d. 1894), 1st Baron Emly of Tervoe, Limerick County, Ireland [see note 1]; until 1952, by descent within the family; 1952, sold by Lord Emly (probably Edmond Alan Tremeur de Poher de la Poer-Monsell) to the MFA for $22,874. (Accession Date: October 9, 1952) NOTES: [1] It was in his possession by 1853, when he lent it to the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

Irish, Early medieval, late 7th–early 8th century

Place of Manufacture



9.2 x 4.1 x 10.5 cm (3 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel on bronze over yew wood; gilt bronze moldings, inlay of lead-tin alloy