Swiss National Museum
Silver, chased, partially gilded; silver filigree; copper, engraved, gilded; enamel (translucent); crystal glass beads; mother-of-pearl; oak wood
H: 14,2cm, L: 24,1cm, W: 9,8cm, Weight: 1041,6g
When Basel split into two half-cantons in 1833, the famous Basel Minster Treasure suffered the same fate. The new Canton Basel-Landschaft received 64 per cent of the treasure, but because it was desperately short of funds, it converted the ecclesiastical riches into cash, among them the silver reliquary of 1450, which brought the exchequer 562 francs. The reliquary has the shape of a foot, consistent with its contents – allegedly the foot bones of a young boy who was murdered in Bethlehem on Herod’s command. What chills modern viewers to the bone today, used to be the object of religious devotion to many. Through a of rock glass opening believers could catch a glimpse of the sacred relic and hope for divine assistance.
Dated following inscription
Part of the Basler Minster Treasure. Aquired by the Landesmuseum at an Auction in 1982.
"Foot reliquary" in MWNF GALLERIES , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;GALLERIES;sw;Mus01;7;en&id=gold_and_silver
MWNF Working Number: CH_GAL_007