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Relics and Reliquaries

Hong Kong University       March 20, 2018

© Metropolitan Museum of Art
© British Museum
© Metropolitan Museum of Art



Podcasts from A History of the World in 100 Objects

→ Hedwig Glass Beaker (podcast 57)

→ Holy Thorn Reliquary (podcast 66)





Video of the opening of the Portable Altar of Countess Gertrude

Video on medieval goldsmithing in the making of reliquaries





3D model of the Pamplona Casket

3D model of the Reliquary Arm of St. Valentine



Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Bagnoli, Martina, et al., eds. Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval

            Europe. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2010.

Geary, Patrick J. Furta sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages. Princeton: Princeton

            University Press, 1990.

Hahn, Cynthia. “The Voices of the Saints: Speaking Reliquaries.” Gesta 36, no. 1 (1997): 20-31.

Remensnyder, Amy G. “Legendary Treasure at Conques: Reliquaries and Imaginative Memory.”

            Speculum 71, no. 4 (1996): 884-906.

Sheingorn, Pamela, trans. The Book of Sainte Foy. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania

            Press, 1995.

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