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Portable Reliquary Case

ca. 1400
leather (cuir bouilli), boiled and tooled, traces of gilding
Overall: 4 15/16 x 1 5/16 x 13/16 in. (12.6 x 3.3 x 2 cm)
leather case only: 3 1/8 x 1 5/16 x 13/16 in. (8 x 3.3 x 2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Lous R. Slattery, 1984
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
The small size of the reliquary (1984.24.1) and its fitted case 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 (on the case): De Lign[o]
[ Sotheby's, London British (June 24, 1982, lot 34)] ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York] ; Louis R. Slattery USA, New York (until 1984)
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