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Reliquary of St. Sergius

11th century
3.9 cm x 2.8 cm x 1.9 cm (1 9/16 in. x 1 1/8 in. x 3/4 in.)

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A box-like reliquary shaped to fit a piece of bone or other relic. The back and sides are plain. The cover has a repoussé figure of a youthful beardless saint draped in a long robe and chlamis and inscribed "St. Sergius." There is a three-part hinge on the right and a clasp on the left. A polygonal ring at the top indicates that the reliquary could be used as a pendant.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1955), no. 199.

M. Ross, Jewelry, Enamels and Art of the Migration Period, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Vol. II, (Washington, DC, 1965), no. 94, pl. XLIX.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1967), no. 215.

N. Netzer and V. Reinburg, eds., Memory and the Middle Ages (Chetnut Hill, MA, 1995), p. 21, no.13.

M. Bagnoli, H. A. Klein, C. G. Mann, and J. Robinson, eds., Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe (exh. cat.) (London, 2010), no. 28, p. 46, fig. p. 45.

Exhibition History
Boston College Museum of Art, Chestnut Hill, MA, "Memory and the Middle Ages," February 17- May 21, 1995.

Acquisition History
Said to have been excavated near Antioch.

Acquired from George Zacos (dealer), October 1953.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.