Decorated with five large rock crystal cabochons and precious stones, this work has on its reverse side Saint Hubert, wearing his mitre and holding a crosier that ends in a spear. The execution is of good quality, but it is possible that the person who made it, if it was not Hugo himself, used Hugo’s sketchbooks to copy it.
A phylactery is a reliquary, whose origin lies in the Greek word that designated the amulet that Christians in the Orient liked to wear around their neck.
Phylactery of Saint Hubert
Hugo d’Oignies' workshop
c.1230 – 1235
Wood, metal (not specified), gold, rock crystal
22 cm ø
Donated by the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Namur
Musée provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois-Trésor d'Oignies (TreM.a)
Inv. no. TO 09