Unknown author14th century

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
Coimbra, Portugal

This silver reliquary portraying Our Lady and Child is an exceptional item in collections of Portuguese medieval metalwork, where free-standing figurative sculptures are rarely to be found. As 14th century female fashion and jewellery are finely represented, this sculpture also serves as a priceless historical document. It belonged to Queen Saint Isabel.


  • Title: Reliquary
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 14th century
  • Physical Location: Machado de Castro National Museum, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 86.5 cm x 33 cm
  • Provenance: Queen Saint Isabel
  • Type: Precious Metalwork
  • Rights: Photo: DGPC/ADF - Photographic Documentation Archive
  • Medium: Silver

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