Exhibitions/ Art Object

Arm Reliquary

German (Hildesheim)
Gilded copper
H. Arm: 18 7/8 in. (48 cm); Base: 14 91/6 x 7 7/8 in. (37 x 20 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Dom-Museum Hildesheim, on loan from the church of St. Maurice, Hildesheim (L 1994-2)
Not on view
This arm reliquary is unusual in having been created for relics associated with a military saint—Maurice, commander of the Roman army’s fabled Theban Legion in the third century. Its form is exceptional for the position of the hand, which suggests the fingers once held an object, and for the base in the shape of a shield, a clear reference to the saint’s military career. The accomplished engraved decoration on the sleeve simulates rich, gently wrinkled fabric.
Monastery of St. Mauritius, Hildesheim (1130s–40s); permanent loan to the Dom- Museum Hildesheim Documentation: Michael Brandt, ed., Abglanz des Himmels. Romanik in Hildesheim: Katalog zur Ausstellung des Dom-Museums Hildesheim (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 2001), no. 4.15.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim," September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014.