Unknown author14th century

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
Coimbra, Portugal

This reliquary of the Holy Cross belonged to Queen Saint Isabel. It combines the excellence of its different materials: coral, silver gilt and enamels. The reliquary, quite apart from its value as a heraldic symbol, conveys a codified vision of the arts, in which everything –materials, shapes, and colours – is symbolic.


  • Title: Reliquary
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 14th century
  • Physical Location: Machado de Castro National Museum, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 53.2 cm x 20 cm
  • Provenance: Queen Saint Isabel
  • Type: Precious Metalwork
  • Rights: Photo: DGPC/ADF - Photographic Documentation Archive
  • Medium: Coral, silver gilt and enamels

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