Reliquary Box with Scenes from the Life of John the Baptist

1300s
Location: 105 Byzantine
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John the Baptist--the first person to recognize Christ as the promised savior and the one who baptized him in the Jordan River--was one of the Byzantine Empire’s most revered saints. This box shows four scenes from the saint’s life: John’s martyrdom, Christ’s baptism, John’s birth, and the announcement of his birth to his parents. It probably once housed one of the saint’s relics; several were kept in churches and monasteries in Constantinople, including fragments of his skull and right arm and locks of his blood-clotted hair.
Reliquary Box with Scenes from the Life of John the Baptist

Reliquary Box with Scenes from the Life of John the Baptist

1300s

Byzantium, Constantinople, late Byzantine period, 14th century

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