relic / print / medallion / figure / cross / amulet
Amulet; paper; rectangular card to which are affixed various relics, including four objects, in pewter or lead: arrow, double cross and two medallets, fifth object missing; various grains etc.; in clay: figure of the Virgin; originally enclosed in a breve or Papal decree, itself enclosed in a sheet of engravings with six panels depicting saints; the sheet of engravings has been pasted onto a decorative printed and coloured sheet which has been folded round the card with relics and formed the outer surface. Onto the centre of this outer surface has been pasted another printed sheet, the same size as the card, depicting a cross of Lorraine. The card and wrappers now mounted separately.
- 1635 (on printed sheet)
- Length: 6 centimetres (card)
- Width: 4.5 centimetres (card)
- Length: 18.5 centimetres (breve)
- Width: 13.2 centimetres (breve)
- Length: 16.5 centimetres (engraving)
- Width: 13.3 centimetres (engraving)
Inscription ContentJESUS + MARIA
Inscription CommentBeginning only.
This is a Papal decree of Urban VIII. The printed and coloured decorative paper forming the backing for the engravings is of the kind normally used for the inside papers of books.
15 May 2006
Transfer into new Melinex sleeve
Current Melinex sleeve not providing protection or support.
The amulet and two sheets of paper were removed from their Melinex (polyester) sleeve. A card surround or window was cut for the Amulet from thick archival card. The Amulet was held in place inside the window with tabs of ten gujo Japanese paper and 20% Klucel G (hydroxypropyl cellulose) in water. A new Melinex sleeve (100 micron) was made using a heat sealer to divide the sleeve into three vertical sections, sealed at the edges on two sides only to allow air circulation. The Amulet and paper were placed inside.A Correx (polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer,coorugated sheet) board was cut to fit the new storage box and provide additional support for the Melinex sleeve. The box was labelled and the object placed inside.Work carried out by Catherine de Bantel, Conservation Intern, May- Aug 2005, under the supervision of Monique Pullan.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCN14687
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