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Reliquary with Enthroned Christ (Obverse) and Virgin and Child (Reverse)

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Quadrilobed container with an opening and two holes at the top, probably for an attachment loop. The front, showing an enthroned Christ, was hammered, engraved, and gilded. The very damaged back plaque, depicting a Madonna and Child, was hammered, champlevé, engraved, enameled, and gilded. A...

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Possibly Charles Crodel (b. 1894 - d. 1973), Halle, Germany [see note 1]. Until 1953, Dr. Philip Nelson (b. 1872 - d. 1953), Liverpool; February 1, 1955, Philip Nelson and others sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 93, to Mrs. Hunt (probably Putzel Hunt) [see note 2]; probably sold by Mrs. Hunt to John Hewett (b. 1919 - d. 1994), London; February 9, 1955, sold by Hewett to Herbert Bier, London; 1955, sold by Bier to the MFA for $84. (Accession Date: September 15, 1955) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the MFA curatorial file. [2] According to the list of buyers' names published by Sotheby's. John and his wife Putzel Hunt were friends and associates of John Hewett in London.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

English or Lower Saxon, Medieval, mid-12th century

Object Place

England or Lower Saxony


Overall: 6 x 6 x 0.6cm (2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1/4in.)

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Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper