Attributed to Jean de Touyl / Reliquary Shrine / second quarter of the 14th centuryAttributed to Jean de Touyl
Reliquary Shrine
second quarter of the 14th century

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Creator Name: de Touyl, Jean
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French, died 1349
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Jean de Touyl
Title: Reliquary Shrine
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Creation Start Date: 1450
Creation End Date: 1474
Creation Date: second quarter of the 14th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Enamels-Translucent
Materials and Techniques: Gilt-silver, translucent enamel, paint
Dimensions: H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); W. when open 16 in. (40.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 62.96
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1962

This sumptuous reliquary sets the Virgin and Child, accompanied by angels, within an elaborate Gothic architectural shrine. The arches, vaults, and sculptural decorations are of gilded silver; translucent enamel panels on the wings depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin and the Infancy of Christ evoke stained-glass windows. This example, one of only four such shrines to have survived, is recorded in the eighteenth-century inventories of the convent of the Poor Clares of the Order of St. Francis at Buda (part of the modern city of Budapest), founded by Queen Elizabeth of Hungary in 1334.

AMICA ID: MMA_.62.96
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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