The altario reliquary of St. Andrew, 10th Century. The Trier goldsmith was to combine two classical types of sacred object with each other: a reliquary, more exactly a “speaking” reliquary, and a portable altar. The goldsmith fulfilled the first task by creating a richly ornamented rectangular oak case on which an life-like model of the Apostle’s foot covered with chased gold was fixed to the lid. used to have mass read when they were at home.
Reliquary Chasse Date: Geography: Made in Canterbury, England Culture: British Medium: Copper; shaped, engraved, chased, and gilded; feet cast Dimensions: Overall: 7 x 10 x 4 x x Classification: Metalwork-Copper
Plaque from a Reliquary Shrine. ca. Made in, Cologne, Germany. Champlevé and cloisonné enamel, copper alloy, gilt. Among the churches of Cologne are large architectural shrines containing relics associated with local saints.