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Reliquary Monstrance with a Tooth of Saint John the Baptist

A work made of silver gilt and rock crystal.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt and rock crystal.


1433; container: 900/1200


Weddeghe Velstede (German, active 1432-73)
container: Egyptian

About this artwork

This reliquary uses the form of a miniature Gothic tower. It makes an elaborate architectural frame for a transparent rock-crystal vessel holding a relic that is identified as a tooth of Saint John the Baptist by an inscription along the base of the reliquary. Rock crystal was highly prized in the medieval Islamic world. Considered a precious stone, it was used to create a number of luxurious secular objects, including this vessel, which was probably originally intended to be a container for fragrant oils.


On View, Gallery 236


Applied Arts of Europe


Weddeghe Velstede


Reliquary Monstrance with a Tooth of Saint John the Baptist


Germany (Object made in)

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Silver gilt and rock crystal


45.8 × 14.7 cm (18 × 5 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick

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