Other Anthropomorphic Forms of Reliquaries ~ Liturgical Arts Journal

Reliquaries come in various shapes and sizes, ranging from the more common floral-like form to those which are more anthropomorphized in their designs. Regarding the latter, in the past we have featured here reliquaries that come in the form of busts and full figures — forms which essentially combine the art of statuary with the function of the reliquary, depicting the saint whose relics are contained within. However, another form of this that is frequently found are reliquaries which depict the nature of the relic contained within them, for example, a figure of a leg or an arm for a corresponding relic of the same. 

Other Anthropomorphic Forms of Reliquaries ~ Liturgical Arts Journal

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