- ca. 1350–1400
- French or Swiss
- Leather and Iron
- H: 5 1/4" W: 11 1/4" D: 4 5/8" (13.3 x 28.6 x 11.7cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Cloisters Collection, 1947
- Accession Number:
Scenes of the life of Saint Margaret decorate this case, which was probably intended to hold a foot-shaped reliquary of precious material. Near the lock plate, the saint bursts free from the body of a dragon that had swallowed her. Because she overcame the ordeal unharmed, women suffering the pains of childbirth turned to Saint Margaret in prayer; it has been suggested that the loop at the back of this case would have allowed the reliquary to be suspended over an expectant woman’s bed.