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Reliquary Head of Bishop

Date:
19th century (Late 15th century style)
Culture:
Italian (?)
Medium:
Silver, partial gilt, copper-gilt, cabochons, basse taille enamels
Dimensions:
Overall: 19 5/8 x 11 15/16 x 8 9/16 in. (49.9 x 30.3 x 21.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1955
Accession Number:
55.22
Not on view
Inscription: [in circle on silver plaque between spandrels on each end of base, incised]
Right: Left:
DNS DNA
POGIVS VAGIA
HOG OPV EIVS(?S)
S+FECIT VXOR
FIERI

(trans.: Master Pogius Donna Vaggia
had this work his wife)
made

Marking: [arms]: (enameled on shields on front and back of base) Poggio Bracciolini and his wife, Selvaggia de' Buondelmonti; (left): Bracciolini - Party per pale, argent and gules, an arm moving from the sinister, holding an arrow, counter-changed; (right): Buondelmonti.- Argent, a chief azure.
Inghirami family (?), Terranuova ; John Junius Morgan, Nyetimber, Sussex ; [ Alfred Spero, London (sold 1955)]
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