A phylactery is a reliquary that has its origins in the Greek word for the amulet that Eastern Christians liked to wear around their neck. This one is made up of three squares superimposed on a quatrefoil with, in its centre, the saint’s relics. The representation of Marguerite, with a martyr’s palm leaf in her hand, is somewhat mediocre and suggests that the work was made by one of Hugo’s less talented followers.
Phylactery of Saint Margaret
c1235 – 1240
Wood, metal (not specified), gold, rock crystal, precious stones, enamel, parchment
19 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 08