Reliquary of Saint Valentine

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Geoffrey Marchal
published on 15 December 2021

Reliquary of Saint Valentine (inv. 1038), Four pinions-reliquaries, Atelier Mosan, circa 1180-1200, oak core, embossed copper, engraved and gilded, champlevé enamel and mixed enamel, brown varnish. Provenance: Saint-Servais de Maastricht church (Basilica of Saint Servatius), Netherlands. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium).

These four reliquary gables were once exhibited in the choir of the Basilica of Saint Servatius on either side of the reliquary of Saint Servatius. The wooden framework housing the relics, visible on the back of these reliquaries, does not appear to date back to the 14th century. It is, therefore, not known whether these gables were designed from the start as independent reliquaries or whether, on the contrary, they were originally part of two complete reliquaries of which they would be the only remains.

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