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Arm Reliquary of St George from the Guelph Treasure

Unknownca. 1350

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

The inner face of the arm reliquary contains a lattice of beaded metal bands which reveals the relic inside, wrapped in red silk. The attribute attached to the palm, a miniature lance, identifies the relic as the arm of Saint George. Albert II of Brunswick-Lüneburg, bishop of Halberstadt from 1324–1358, presented this reliquary to the treasury of St. Blaise. The figural engravings on the back of the arm establish the piece as a significant work of art. Two saints stand under an arcade: on the right, the fully armed military saint, on the left Saint Blaise in his episcopal vestments. George holds a shield bearing the crest of the dukes of Brunswick, while Blaise holds one bearing the family crest of Rixavon Werle (d. 1317), the donor’s mother.

Details

  • Title: Arm Reliquary of St George from the Guelph Treasure
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: ca. 1350
  • Stylistic point of origin: Braunschweig, Germany
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Karen Bartsch │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Lothar Lambacher
  • Physical Dimensions: w13.8 x h55.3 x d9.6 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Historical location: Braunschweig, St. Blasius
  • Provenance: Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Type: Reliquary
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Parcel-gilt silver plate; gemstones; oak core

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