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reliquary bust. Saint Sebastian

  • Barcelona workshop
  • Gilded silver, gems and polychromy
  • 51.5 x 48 x 31 cm
  • 1521-1522
  • Origin: cathedral of Santa Maria, Solsona (El Solsonès)

MDCS 4267


This reliquary bust, together with that of Saint Ursula, came from the treasures of the collegiate church of Sant Vicenç de Cardona where they were formerly revered in the Confessio crypt or Chapel of the Relics, from where they were transferred to Solsona cathedral.

The bust of Saint Sebastian, which contains fragments of a skull, among other relics, is one of the masterpieces of Renaissance silversmithing in Barcelona of the turn of the 16th century, possibly the work of Pere Joan Palau. On the figure of Saint Sebastian, we find engraved the inscription: SIT: NERICUS: DCARDONA: ARCHIEPISCOPUS/ MO TIS : REG LIS MDXXII on his right, and on his left: S SEbASTIANI: CAP/ TIS: RELIQIAS : INCLUDI: ARGETO: IUS”. Inside is the reliquary pouch of Muslim origin, woven from silk and gold, and dating from the 14th century (MDCS 393), now on display in the Gothic room of the museum.

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