Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Rock Crystal Reliquary

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Alexa Sand

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The destination of many pilgrims in the middle ages were reliquaries. These reliquaries usually held special remains or objects of a deceased Saint. These were typically encased in a variety of containers. Many of these reliquaries were only accessed by the viewer through a tiny hole in the design. However, there are a few reliquaries that this is not the case. In the case of a 1175-1200 reliquary is rumored to have held relics of Saints Maragret, Philip the Apostle, and Catherine and Bishop Valerius. This reliquary is being presented in a more visible way. This paper will explore the significance of encasing a reliquary in a clear, rock crystal instead of an enclosed reliquary. This will include discovering if this is a sign of wealth or status, if this is contradictory to let the common people see the reliquary and other implications this rock crystal creates.

Location

The North Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 1:15 PM

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Rock Crystal Reliquary

The North Atrium

The destination of many pilgrims in the middle ages were reliquaries. These reliquaries usually held special remains or objects of a deceased Saint. These were typically encased in a variety of containers. Many of these reliquaries were only accessed by the viewer through a tiny hole in the design. However, there are a few reliquaries that this is not the case. In the case of a 1175-1200 reliquary is rumored to have held relics of Saints Maragret, Philip the Apostle, and Catherine and Bishop Valerius. This reliquary is being presented in a more visible way. This paper will explore the significance of encasing a reliquary in a clear, rock crystal instead of an enclosed reliquary. This will include discovering if this is a sign of wealth or status, if this is contradictory to let the common people see the reliquary and other implications this rock crystal creates.