Reliquary cross; silver; with hinged back opening to reveal three compartments; the front engraved with the scene of Christ crucified and 'The Wounds of Christ' and inscription; on the back, the Instruments of the Passion and a monogram.
- Height: 101 millimetres (with suspension loop)
Inscription Typesacred monogram
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Compare very similar cross dated 1638 in National Museum of Ireland, Dublin: illustrated in R O'Floinn, Franciscan Faith, sacred art in Ireland, Dublin 2011, fig.32 p. 62. That example has a Franciscan friar etched into it at the foot of the cross, and a wooden cross inside the reliquary with a Spanish prayer invoking Mother Luisa de Carrion of the Poor Clares, who died two years earlier in 1636.BM one has nothing inside. Very similar in etching style to the Dublin reliquary however. R. O' Floinn comments that "the rendering of the figure and the engraved feathering of the cross-head is a feature found in Irish engraving of the period."
The locking nut is missing.
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Object reference number: MCB1533
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