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Reliquary Cross with the Arms of the Veltheim Family

A work made of silver gilt, enamel, and gemstones.
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  • A work made of silver gilt, enamel, and gemstones.

Date:

c. 1300

Artist:

German; Brunswick (Braunschweig)

About this artwork

This altar cross, richly ornamented with colorful precious and semi-precious stones of amethyst, carnelian, chalcedony, labradorite, blue sapphire, and topaz, was part of the Guelph treasure maintained in the collegiate church of Saint Blaise, Braunschweig, under the patronage of the dukes of Braunschweig-Lüneberg. It was made, not for the ducal family, but for another noble family of Lower Saxony, the Veltheims, whose coat of arms executed in enamel decorates the base of the cross. The cross also served as a reliquary, since it contains the relics of several saints. It may have commissioned to celebrate the founding of the Convent of Saint Anna in Braunschweig by the Veltheim family in 1326; how it entered the group of treasury objects kept together in the church of Saint Blaise is unclear.

Status

On View, Gallery 236

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Reliquary Cross with the Arms of the Veltheim Family

Origin

Brunswick

Date

1295–1305

Medium

Silver gilt, enamel, and gemstones

Dimensions

20.5 × 12.8 cm (8 1/16 × 5 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick

Reference Number

1962.92

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