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The Holy Thorn Reliquary

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The Holy Thorn Reliquary

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The Holy Thorn Reliquary by John Cherry
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Made in gold and enamel and decorated with precious stones, the Holy Thorn Reliquary depicts the salvation of mankind through the sacrifice of Christ. It was commissioned around 1400-10 by Jean, duc de Berry, a member of the French royal family, to house a single thorn from the relic of Christ's Crown of Thorns. Having left the duke's possession, it was recorded in Vienna from around 1544 until the 1860s, eventually being acquired by a member of the wealthy Rothschild family, with its true identity remaining undiscovered until the twentieth century. This book explores the meaning and history of this fascinating object, and tells the tale of its remarkable survival and eventual passage to the British Museum.
Release date Australia
June 1st, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2 Illustrations, black and white; 26 Illustrations, color
Imprint
British Museum Press
Pages
56
Dimensions
147x210x10
ISBN-13
9780714128207
Product ID
3864595

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