Gold in Christian Reliquaries

Gold has been connected to the divine throughout centuries, particularly in Medieval Christian reliquaries. These reliquaries, which are shrines that contain relics of a saint, are primarily created as a means of reverence - pilgrims ask the saint for blessings. The form of each reliquary reflects values of the culture and the patron, as well as changing the way one worships. Comparisons of the Reliquary of Sainte Foy, the Stavelot Triptych, the Holy Thorn Reliquary, and de Touyl’s Reliquary Shrine will give insight to the use of gold in reliquary veneration.


Skyler Leslie