French; Made in Limoges
Gilded copper and champlevé enamel
4 7/8 x 7 1/16 x 3 3/8 in. (12.4 x 18.9 x 8.5 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.685-87, 695, 710-11)
Saint Martial, first bishop of Limoges, prominently appears to the right of Christ on this gilded enamel reliquary once owned by the Church of Saint-Martial in Champagnat, a town 100 kilometers northeast of Limoges. Martial was particularly venerated in the area around Limoges, and where he was deemed to be of equal rank with the apostles.