Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
The Treasure of Saint Denis
Wooden Bowl of Saint Louis
Adapted from Félibien, Plate III, Item
Bowl made of tamarind wood, from which Saint Louis served
himeself, it is said, to preserve him from diseases of the spleen.
Félibien, pages 541. Translated by Jane Vadnal
Sent to the Museum of Natural History on January 2, 1794, and not seen
- In the Middle Ages, vessels made form woods such a tamarind were thought
to have curative powers.
- Center part of silver with enamel.
Louvre no 47, p238.
Created by J Vadnal, July, 1998