MALTESE 18TH CENTURY SILVER RELIQUARY
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Maltese 18th Century Silver Reliquary, 29.5 cm high
Prominent amongst the collection of ecclesiastical silver is this Rococo period Reliquary, which is on display in the chapel. Its design centres around an oval glazed relic box which is intended to hold a fragment of the remains of a saint. The palm leafs around the oval relic box probably indicate that it was made for a martyred saint’s relics. The assay mark and maker’s mark, which would help to identify who the original silversmith was, and where and when the object in question was made, are in this case very abraded, but one can still make out a Maltese cross above the letters L(?)F, representing the maker’s mark.