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Reliquary Chest of the Moroccan Martyrs

Unknown author13th century

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

This limestone chest is the earliest surviving iconographic record attesting to the cult dedicated to the five Franciscan martyrs, who are represented being received by the King of Morocco under a colonnade of trilobate arches. It was produced for the Monastery of Lorvão in order to contain a relic of these saints donated by the monarch to Princess Sancha.

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  • Title: Reliquary Chest of the Moroccan Martyrs
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 13th century
  • Location: Machado de Castro National Museum, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 40 cm x 112 cm x 51 cm
  • Provenance: Lorvão Monastery
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Photo: DGPC/ADF - Photographic Documentation Archive
  • Medium: Limestone

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