9780199217748

The Trophies of the Martyrs An Art Historical Study of Early Christian Silver Reliquaries

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199217748

  • ISBN10:

    0199217742

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

In this pioneering study, the first of its kind, Galit Noga-Banai analyses silver reliquaries decorated with Christian figurative themes. She offers a clearer and more detailed picture of the beginnings of the cult of relics, which were an essential asset to the Church in its establishment ofpilgrimage centres and local hagiographic heritage sites, first in Italy and later in other places around Europe and North Africa. At the same time, Noga-Banai highlights the identity of the objects as portable art, treating the reliquaries as visual historical testimonies. The book is illustratedwith nearly 100 finely reproduced drawings and photographs.

Author Biography


Galit Noga-Banai is a teaching assistant in the Department of History of Art at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Caskets Decorated with Biblical Scenesp. 9
The Casket from Nea Herakleiap. 9
The So-Called Capsella Briviop. 38
Caskets Decorated with Images of the Martyrsp. 63
The So-Called Capsella Africanap. 64
The Oval Casket from Gradop. 95
Decoration Programmes in Contextp. 121
Decoration Programmes and Functionp. 122
Reliquaries and the Cult of Relicsp. 130
Conclusionsp. 151
Catalogue of Silver Caskets Decorated with Christian Figurative Themesp. 155
Select Bibliographyp. 165
Index of visual and textual sourcesp. 183
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