Thursday, January 28, 2010

Three Reliquary Busts from The Cloisters, New York City

These would seem to have been designed to hold relics of St. Ursula and some of her 11,000 martyred companions, and date from around 1525-1530, possibly from the Low Countries. Another bust, kept at the main branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of a similar appearance and vintage (one of a set of 23) can be seen here.

(images via Flickr. Crossposted to The Shrine of the Holy Whapping.)

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