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.

Date:

1433; container: 900/1200

Artist:

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

European Decorative Art, Gallery 236

Artist

Weddeghe Velstede

Title

Reliquary Monstrance with a Tooth of Saint John the Baptist

Origin

Germany

Date

1433

Medium

Silver gilt and rock crystal

Dimensions

45.1 cm (17 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick

Reference Number

1962.91

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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