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Relic Box (Capsula) with scenes of the Annunciation and the Crucifixion

Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Brunswick, Lower Saxony, Germany, Europe


Gilded silver with engraved decoration

1 3/16 x 4 5/16 inches (3 x 11 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 216, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

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Purchased with funds contributed by Charles D. Hart, 1931

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This box, in the form of a large locket that could be worn around the neck, contains fifty-six small relics glued to the sides of the container. Each relic has a small handwritten label identifying the saint's name. The box comes from one of the best known collections of sacred relics, usually called the Guelph Treasure.

* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.