Dec 19, 2008
Dec 19, 2008

Phylactery (Reliquary Penant)

Phylactery (Reliquary Penant)

c. 500–700

Copper alloy

Diameter: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.); Overall: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.)

Gift of Bruce Ferrini in memory of Robert P. Bergman 1999.237


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This was gifted to the museum in memory of Robert P. Bergman, former director of the museum and medievalist.


Made in the 500s, this Byzantine phylactery, or personal reliquary, was meant to be worn around the neck on a chain. It is fashioned of bronze and still contains its original linen-wrapped relic.

See also
MED - Byzantine
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Copper alloy

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