PETER SHAUGHNESSY
FINE CRAFT SCULPTURAL BOXES
 

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Reliquary
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Dimensions:  24 high x 13 wide x 8 deep
Materials: Various woods, glass, brass

Reliquary: a receptacle for sacred objects such as pieces of the true cross, short-ribs of the saints, the ears of Balaam’s ass, the lung of the cock.  Reliquaries are commonly provided with a lock to prevent the contents from coming out and performing miracles at unseasonable times. In this piece I have deliberately omitted the lock in the hopes that an unseasonable miracle will occur.