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Arm Reliquary of St George from the Guelph Treasure

Unknownca. 1350

Kunstgewerbemuseum, National Museums in Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum, National Museums in Berlin

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.

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  • 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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