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Oblong casket; plain slabs of ivory with added mouldings; thirteen bands of silver gilt around sides, each terminating in fleur-de-lis and bearing inscription in black letters or line of flowers engraved and enamelled; lid with four similar bands and leaf at each corner; brass wire handle; projecting silver-gilt lock engraved with flowers; key separate (inside).
- Production date
- 1400 (circa)
Height: 14.40 centimetres (total handle up)
Height: 11.10 centimetres
Length: 15 centimetres (base)
Length: 15.50 centimetres (max)
Weight: 795 grammes
Width: 11 centimetres (base)
Width: 12 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Provenance: According to Read 1902 the casket comes from the collection of Count Stuart d'Albanie but there is no reference given for this.
Commentary: The closest comparison is a reliquary casket, French c1400, now in the Rijksmuseum (inv. no. BK-NM-625) which was used in Utrecht for St Willibrord relics until the Reformation,which has a similar shape in ivory and similar silver strips with finials and lock. See
A.de Kruijf, 'Preserved Miraculously: Relics in the Old Catholic St Gertrude's Cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands', in 'Matter of Faith: An Interdisciplinary Study of Relics and Relic Veneration in the Medieval Period', eds. Robinson, De Beer and Harnden, British Museum, London 2015, pp. 179-180, fig.3.
Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 217, fig.32; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.217.
- On display (G2a/dc3)
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Field of the Cloth of Gold
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.
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