The Bursa Reliquary

Date: 10th Century

Place of Production: Northern Italy

Description: This reliquary, a box designed to hold the holy remains of a saint, was originally painted with copper foil, and green and vermillion paint – the paint is in fact still visible. The ‘open-work’ design features interlace and animals depicted as part of a deliberately flat and geometric style of carving also visible in the contemporary architectural decoration of northern Italy.

Held at: Metropolitan Museum of New York

Accession Number: 53.19.2

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