Reliquary Arm of St. Valentine


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306

Displayed on the high altar of Basel Cathedral on important feast days, this reliquary, like others of its classic type, was also used in public processions and for veneration. Such reliquaries not only evoke the memory and presence of a particular person but also communicate the broader idea of a saint's power and grace, embodied in the blessing gesture of the hand.

Reliquary Arm of St. Valentine, Silver, partial gilt, sapphire, Swiss

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