Reliquary casket

Reliquary casket

ca. 1200 - 1225

Relics of Early Christian martyrs, the apostles, the Virgin Mary and even Christ himself, were venerated as sacred objects. This reliquary follows the traditional sarcophagus shape of funerary art, and is decorated with six standing saints on the front and one at each end.

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper over wood body
5 1/2 x 5 7/16 x 3 1/8 in. (14 x 13.8 x 8 cm)
Donald E. Frederick Memorial Collection
Provenance: Collection de la Broise; collection Marquis de Biron, Paris; collection Ernst Rosenfeld, Paris; [Jacques Seligmann & Co., to 1937]; [Stora & Co., 12/29/1937 to 1/11/1949]; as purchase to Seattle
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryTulsa, Oklahoma, Philbrook Art Center, "Medieval Art, 1965 (1965)

Ithaca, New York, Cornell University - Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art, "A Medieval Treasury," (to Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York ), 1968 (1968)
Published References"Handbook, Seattle Art Museum: Selected Works from the Permanent Collections." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1951, p. 115 (b&w)

Thiry, Bennett & Hamkhoefner, "Churches & Temples," 1953, p. 72C (202C & 203C)

Moseley, Johnson, Koenig, "Crafts Design," 1962, page 284

Philbrook Art Center, "Medieval Art," Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1965, cat. no. 107, illustrated

Robert G. Calkins, "A Medieval Treasury," Cornell University, 1968, cat. no. 34, page 5, pages 34-35

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