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reliquary of the True Cross
  • Barcelona, Crown of Aragon (present-day Spain)
  • reliquary of the True Cross, circa 1500
  • Where object was made: Barcelona, Crown of Aragon (present-day Spain)
  • silver
  • Object Height/Width: 43.2 x 21.6 cm
    Object Height/Width: 17 x 8 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, Cabinet H1
  • 1961.0029
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Silver reliquary. Four-sided base with floral decoration rising to a six part stem and knop. There are two branches, each with a full figure of a winged figure (identified as acolyte angels) on either side. Both figures wear robes and have candlesticks in the hand facing furthest away from the center. There is a central tower rising from the stem, between the branches with figures. It has tracery, flying buttresses, crockets, pinnacles and other architectural elements.