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Intaille de la Crucifixion : un des plus gros cristaux de roche taillé de l’époque carolingienne. 16 cm de haut, réalisée vers 870 à la cour de Charles le Chauve, qui fut un grand mécène à l’instar de Charlemagne. Elle provient du Trésor de l’Abbaye royale de Saint-Denis, mais a été vendue lors de la Révolution et se trouve désormais au British Museum de Londres.

Intaille de la Crucifixion : un des plus gros cristaux de roche taillé de l’époque carolingienne. 16 cm de haut, réalisée vers 870 à la cour de Charles le Chauve, qui fut un grand mécène à l’instar de Charlemagne. Elle provient du Trésor de l’Abbaye royale de Saint-Denis, mais a été vendue lors de la Révolution et se trouve désormais au British Museum de Londres.

Medieval, around AD 1400  From France or England    The Dunstable Swan Jewel is a livery badge of the highest order and quality. To wear such an item was a declaration of allegiance to a noble family or a king. It is made from opaque white enamel fused over gold, a technique known as émail en ronde bosse that developed in Paris in the second half of the fourteenth century. The chain and coronet attached to the swan's neck are also of gold.

Medieval, around AD 1400 From France or England The Dunstable Swan Jewel is a livery badge of the highest order and quality. To wear such an item was a declaration of allegiance to a noble family or a king. It is made from opaque white enamel fused over gold, a technique known as émail en ronde bosse that developed in Paris in the second half of the fourteenth century. The chain and coronet attached to the swan's neck are also of gold.

Domed Head Reliquary  c. 1175  Gilt copper, champlevé enamel and walrus tusk on wood, height 45 cm  Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin

Domed Head Reliquary c. 1175 Gilt copper, champlevé enamel and walrus tusk on wood, height 45 cm Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin

Little known M.A.N., France Museum of National Archaeology located near Paris in St Germain en Laye. Merovingian belt buckles

Little known M.A.N., France Museum of National Archaeology located near Paris in St Germain en Laye. Merovingian belt buckles

АЛТАРНЫЙ КРЕСТ Греция, ок. 1800.

АЛТАРНЫЙ КРЕСТ Греция, ок. 1800.

Chalice of Doña Urraca, Leon, Spain, known from 11th century

Could This Precious Goblet Really Be The Holy Grail?

Today – 4 February – is also the Memorial of Bl Rabanus  St. Rabanus Maurus had three careers. He was a schoolmaster, then an abbot, and finally an archbishop. He lived during the reign of Charlemagne when Christianity was being established in Europe. We are indebted to Rabanus and saints like him, for they built the church from which most of us received our gift of faith....

Today – 4 February – is also the Memorial of Bl Rabanus St. Rabanus Maurus had three careers. He was a schoolmaster, then an abbot, and finally an archbishop. He lived during the reign of Charlemagne when Christianity was being established in Europe. We are indebted to Rabanus and saints like him, for they built the church from which most of us received our gift of faith....

catholicsoul: “You, O Jesus, are the resurrection and the life, and even in Sheol I will not cease to give You praise: Jesus, hope of those sentenced to death! Jesus, resurrection of those who believe in Your word! Jesus, song that no fear can...

catholicsoul: “You, O Jesus, are the resurrection and the life, and even in Sheol I will not cease to give You praise: Jesus, hope of those sentenced to death! Jesus, resurrection of those who believe in Your word! Jesus, song that no fear can...

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1540/41–1614 Toledo). Christ Carrying the Cross, ca. 1577–87. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.145) | This work is featured in “El Greco in New York," on view through February 1, 2015. #mustache #movember

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1540/41–1614 Toledo). Christ Carrying the Cross, ca. 1577–87. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.145) | This work is featured in “El Greco in New York," on view through February 1, 2015. #mustache #movember

AD825-850 Rock crystal with Crucifixion scene, Carolingian Germany. modern-frame. British Museum

AD825-850 Rock crystal with Crucifixion scene, Carolingian Germany. modern-frame. British Museum

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