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Medieval Reliquary Case N/A

    This Medieval Reliquary Case is based on the famous Middleham Jewel. It is dated to circa 1475. The original had a sliding rear panel to open the case, whereas this copy is hinged, with a small brass pin to act as a secret lock. The central depiction shows the Crucifixion. Above the figure of Christ is the Dove which represents the Holy Ghost, and above this is the figure of the Lord, his hand raised in blessing. The motto around the edge is in black letter and filled-in with blue enamel. The inscription has the words of John the Baptist, spoken at the baptism of Christ (Gospel of St.John, chapter 1, verse 29) "Ecce agnus dei qui tollis peccata mundi"-"Behold the Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world". In addition to this is the phrase "Miserere Nobis"-"Have mercy on us". On the back of the jewel, at the top, is the added inscription of the word "Ananizapta". This was a magical word and used as a charm against the falling sickness (epilepsy) and also against drunkenness,. The case measures 72mm by 68mm. The blue glass cabochon simulates the sapphire of the original. Now supplied with freshwater pearls, instead of the glass pearls as hown.

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