Reliquary cross pendant

Item Code CG 085

An intricately fashioned gold reliquary cross. The front of the cross is decorated with filigree eight- petalled flowers within circles and eight pearls. The crucifix figure is in enamelled gold. The reverse side of the cross has similar filigree and enamelled circular panels showing the Four Evangelists while in the centre of the cross there is a larger panel of the Lamb of God. In the interior compartment is a
sealed paper packet on which is written: ex sanguine Thomae Cant[erburiae] archaeopiscopi. This inscription indicates that it may also have contained a relic of St Thomas à Becket, who was killed in his cathedral at Canterbury in 1170. Spanish/English.

Object Details

Artist / Designer /Maker Unknown
Object Type Personal Ornamentation
Materials Metal