Another holiday snap

11 11 2011

My lovely and thoughtful friend has sent me another image from the V&A British Museum in London (see my previous one).

They are striking and beautiful objects. Though the description below may be a bit creepy for some.

image with permission of photographer; not to be reproduced without permission

image with permission of photographer; not to be reproduced without permission

I did a little reading on St Eustace. He (yes, I thought it was a lady too) was subject to a “series of calamities followed to test his faith: his wealth was stolen; his servants died of a plague; when the family took a sea voyage, the ship’s captain kidnapped Eustace’s wife Theopista; and as Eustace crossed a river with his two sons Agapius and Theopistus, the children were taken away by a wolf and a lion” … that’s a bit rough, but apparently he never lost his faith, which is partly why he’s considered special.

I’m a bit worried that my friend now is under the impression that I like reliquaries … mmm, I don’t want that getting around! It is true though that I am fascinated by the work and dedication committed to creating an idol of the bones and bits from individuals considered special (though sadly the bones are often misattributed). The sociological aspect is interesting yes?


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