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Arm Reliquary of Saint Babylas

Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Brunswick, Lower Saxony, Germany, Europe


Silver, gilded silver, enamel, glass paste stones, rock crystals, and one amethyst on an oak core

18 5/8 × 5 7/8 × 3 7/8 inches (47.3 × 14.9 × 9.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 316, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

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Purchased with Museum funds, 1951

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Saint Babylas (died around 250) was a bishop of Antioch and a Christian martyr. The blessing gesture seen here is commonly associated with bishops and thus a number of reliquaries exist in this form.

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