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Portable Reliquary of Saint Vincent

ca. 1400, with later terminals
Translucent enamels on silver, wood
Overall: 2 1/2 x 1/2 x 13/16 in. (6.4 x 1.2 x 2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Louis R. Slattery, 1984
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
The small size of this reliquary and its fitted case (1984.24.2) indicated that it was intended to be carried on the owner's person. The enameled plaque reads: "de sepulchro s[an]c[ti]/ vi[n]ce[n]cii e de carne/ et ossib[us] eiusde[m] s[an]c[ti]" (from the tomb of St. Vincent and from the flesh and bones of this same saint). The finely worked cuir bouilli, or tooled leather, case is inscribed "de lign[o]" (of the root or stock). This may be a reference to St. Vincent of Saragossa, who was the patron saint of vintners. The wood core and the silver end pieces are modern.
Inscription: Inscription: (in enamel) De Sepulcro s[an]cti Vi[n]ce[n]cii ? De Carne et Ossib[us] Eiusde[m] S[an]c[t]i
[ Sotheby's, London, (June 24, 1982, lot 34)] ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York] ; Louis R. Slattery, New York (until 1984)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Fourteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1983, through June 30, 1984." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 114 (1984). p. 40.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 207, p. 170.

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