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Casket of the True Cross
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The casket reliquary of the True Cross at Saint-Sernin, Toulouse, was made in the last quarter of the twelfth century to house a relic of the True Cross. It is sometimes referred to as a staurotheke (staurotheque). A high-quality champlevé enamelwork, it is covered with rich narrative images and inscriptions, which explain Saint-Sernin's acquisition of the relic from the Holy Land.

The reliquary is shrine-shaped and sits on feet added in the Renaissance. Its lid depicts Christological scenes while the sides of the body of the casket display the story of t…

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Melanie Hanan, “Casket of the True Cross”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00118>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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