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Virgin and Child reliquary

parcel-gilt silver, silver, enamel, semi-precious stones, rock-crystal, copper-gilt (base)

c. 1470 - 1480

17 cm height

Heraldry:: arms of des Mousti


Place of Creation: France (possibly)
Place of Creation: Germany (probably)


Figure of standing Virgin and Child; the Child holds a bird, at the Virgin's feet an angel holds a shield argent a bend azure. Set within an interlaced fence. Mounted on an octagonal base, the front formed by a rock-crystal panel inclosing a relic. On the other sides are engraved: The Annunciation; The Visitation; The Nativity; The Adoration of the Magi; The Presentation in the Temple; The Massacre of the Innocents; The Flight into Egypt.


Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

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