Images of Medieval Art and Architecture

The Treasure of Saint Denis
Reliquary of the Bones of Saint Pancrace


Images

Adapted from Félebien, Plate 1 (Item Q) Item A

Rouen: Rouen Cathedral

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Detail: Angels

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Texts


Description

A reliquary in which some bones of Saint Pancrace, Martyr, are enclosed under a rock-crystal. On the base, which is made of vermiel, can be read the following inscription: Anno Domini M. CCC. X. L. Fratres Petrus de Plailly Quartus-Prior & Galterus de Pontoyze Camerarius istius ecclesiae tunc temporis hoc vas argenteum devotè Domino obtulerunt in quo has sanctus reliquias decenter collocare fererunt. The two figures of angels which are on each side are made of ivory.

Félebien, page 537, Translated by Jane Vadnal.


History


Notes

History

  • Made in Paris, third quarter of 13th century
  • Originally part of Virgin in Glory statuary group, along with Ivory Virgin
  • Angels incorporated into present reliquary by 1625
  • Angels are holding candlesticks
  • Made of Elephant Ivory
  • Height 25 cm.
  • Reliquary


    Bibliography

    Detroit Institute of Arts, pp 124-6.

    Louvre,no. 45-6, pp. 231-7.

    Montesquiou-Fezinsac, I and II, nos. 10-2, III pp. 30-2, pls. 13-15.


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    FÉLEBIEN
    PLATE 1

    SAINT-DENIS
    TREASURES

    SAINT-DENIS
    MAIN PAGE

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    INTRODUCTION


    Created by J Vadnal, July, 1998