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Reliquary Pendant

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Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Dates/Places: English
Creator Name-CRT: English
Title: Reliquary Pendant
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1173
Creation End Date: 1177
Creation Date: 1173?1177
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: gold
Dimensions: L. 2 in. (5.1 cm), W. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Description: Within a decade of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Bishop Reginald of Bath presented this small pendant, which then contained minute relics of the saint's bloodied vestments, to Queen Margaret of Sicily. The relics, probably once covered by a crystal, have since disappeared, but the inscription and image of Reginald and Margaret on the back convey the pendant's original use. Even though the precise circumstances of the gift remain unknown, the pendant attests to the importance of relics and reliquaries in the political and social commerce of the Middle Ages.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 63.160
Credit Line: Pulitzer Bequest Fund, 1963
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
AMICA ID: MMA_.63.160
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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