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Shoe Reliquary

Date:
ca. 1350–1400
Culture:
French or Swiss
Medium:
Leather and Iron
Dimensions:
H: 5 1/4" W: 11 1/4" D: 4 5/8" (13.3 x 28.6 x 11.7cm)
Classification:
Leatherwork
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
47.101.65
Not on view
Scenes of the life of Saint Margaret decorate this case, probably intended to hold a reliquary of precious material created for precious remains of the saint. Saint Margaret was particularly invoked for protection by women in childbirth, and it has been suggested that the loop at the back would have allowed the reliquary to be suspended over an expectant woman’s bed.
Marking: Arms: (on 4 shields on top and back section) unidentified
[ Nicolas Brimo, Paris (sold 1933)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1933–sold 1947) ]
Arts of the Middle Ages: A Loan Exhibition, February 17 to March 24, 1940. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1940. no. 305, p. 85, pl. LXVII.

Rorimer, James J. "A Treasury at the Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 6, no. 9 (May 1948). p. 248.

Stoddard, Whitney S. Monastery and Cathedral in France: Medieval Architecture, Sculpture, Stained Glass, Manuscripts, the Art of the Church Treasuries. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1966. pp. 364–66, fig. 411.

Bessard, Bella. "I Sacri Astucci." FMR: Mensile di Franco Maria Ricci 1 (March 1982). ill. p. 52.

Reinburg, Virginia. "Remembering the Saints." In Memory and the Middle Ages, edited by Nancy Netzer, and Virginia Reinburg. Chestnut Hill, Mass.: Boston College Museum of Art, 1995. p. 25, fig. 10.



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