Reliquary frame of Saint Mary Magdalene

Paperolle reliquary frame of Saint Mary Magdalene with the relics of St Colombe, St Julien, St Cyprien, St Benoit and St Boniface.

This paperolle represents a small chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalene, on the hotel a crucified Christ is surrounded by Mary Magdalene and the praying Virgin.

The paperolle technique involves rolling thin strips of paper to create relief decorations. This technique was used from the Middle Ages but it was during the Renaissance that it gained momentum. Communities wanting to highlight their beliefs but not having the means to use gold thread used these small strips of paper to create ornamental patterns.

From the 18th century, convents practiced this technique to decorate and make small reliquary paintings.

18th century,

Height: 30 cm
Width: 37.5 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm

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