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Reliquary: MAR.M.55 & A-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver-gilt and rock crystal; hexagonal body and domed cover both of rock crystal, mounted with pierced and engraved silver-gilt.

Silver-gilt and rock crystal; the rock crystal body, baluster stem, slightly domed foot and domed cover are all hexagonal and slightly wider than deep. The cover has an attached baluster finial. The reliquary and cover are mounted with borders of silver-gilt with pierced and cast scroll decoration. A putti head is engraved on one side of the tube, and scrolls are engraved on the underside of the base to cover flaws in the rock crystal. The knop on the stem is engraved with a band of roundels.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.2 cm
Height: 11½ in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, Late-17th Century, Early?
Circa 1550 - Circa 1650


The silver-gilt is not marked, but was probably made in Germany, possibly Freiburg-Breisgau

Components of the work

Surface Of Mounts composed of gold
Mounts composed of silver
Base Depth 8.5 cm Depth 3¼ in Width 11.5 cm Width 4½ in

Materials used in production

Rock crystal

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.55 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 159918
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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