Pair of D-shaped mounts. 8th century AD

2010:251 Replica by an unknown maker

The originals are preserved in the Musée des Antiquités Nationales at St Germain, near Paris. They would have formed the finials or gable decorations of a tomb-shaped reliquary. Written accounts, such as that given in the Life of Brigid, describe highly ornate reliquaries which contained the remains of important religious figures.

 
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