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chasse reliquary
  • France
  • chasse reliquary, mid 1200s
  • Where object was made: Limoges, France
  • copper, oak wood, glass, champlevé enamel, gilding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15.8 x 19.8 x 6.4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, C1
  • 1954.0121
Label Text

A house-shaped chest (identified as a chasse reliquary) decorated with glass cabochons and six, three-quarter length, cast relief figures of gilt copper and repoussé nailed to a metal ground. The metal ground is engraved with stars. Gilt copper and enamel with pacotille glass insets over wood. The gable ends are engraved with full-length standing figures (identified as saints) against a hatched background with blue champlevé enamel. The plaques on the back with similar hatching and enameling overlaid by a trellis pattern of turquoise enamel, the lower plaque with a keyhole opening, the oak has hinges to permit access to the interior of the casket. The top has a copper gilt crest surmounted by circles on top of poles (acroteria) and perforated with keyhole shaped openings.