Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Shoe Reliquary

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:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
Scenes of the life of Saint Margaret decorate this case, probably intended to hold a reliquary of precious material created for precious remains of the saint. Saint Margaret was particularly invoked for protection by women in childbirth, and it has been suggested that the loop at the back would have allowed the reliquary to be suspended over an expectant woman’s bed.
Marking: Arms: (on 4 shields on top and back section) unidentified
[ Nicolas Brimo, Paris (sold 1933)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1933–sold 1947) ]
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Arts of the Middle Ages: A Loan Exhibition," February 17, 1940–March 24, 1940.

Arts of the Middle Ages: A Loan Exhibition. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1940. no. 305, p. 85, pl. LXVII.

Rorimer, James J. "A Treasury at the Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 6, no. 9 (May 1948). p. 248.

Stoddard, Whitney S. Monastery and Cathedral in France: Medieval Architecture, Sculpture, Stained Glass, Manuscripts, the Art of the Church Treasuries. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1966. pp. 364–66, fig. 411.

Bessard, Bella. "I Sacri Astucci." FMR: Mensile di Franco Maria Ricci 1 (March 1982). ill. p. 52.

Reinburg, Virginia. "Remembering the Saints." In Memory and the Middle Ages, edited by Nancy Netzer, and Virginia Reinburg. Chestnut Hill, Mass.: Boston College Museum of Art, 1995. p. 25, fig. 10.

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