Reliquaries

A container, usually made of precious materials and elaborately decorated, for the relics of a saint.

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reliquaries
reliquary
shrine
shrines
reliquiaria Dutch
reliquiarium Dutch
reliekhouder Dutch
reliekhouders Dutch
reliquiari Italian
reliquiario Italian
relicarios Spanish
relicario Spanish
arca relicario Spanish
arqueta relicario Spanish
caja relicario Spanish
estuche-relicario Spanish
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Containers for safeguarding or exhibiting the relics of a saint, varying in size from small boxes to large objects, sometimes in the shape of the enclosed relic. For places in which devotion is paid to holy objects, use "shrines".

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300187549. The J. Paul Getty Trust.