Part of this reliquary is in the shape of a jaw, like the saint’s relic it is said to contain. The upper part of the reliquary is decorated with small figurines. Given the style of the figurines and the Christ in the centre of the work, the reliquary can be dated from the second quarter of the 14th century. It is thought to have been made by a silversmith from Namur. A reliquary containing Marie d’Oignies’s jaw, belonging to the Church of Falisolle and kept at the TreM.a (Musée provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois), would have been made by the same artist.
Reliquary of Saint Barnaby
Mosan school, Namur (?)
Silver, precious stones
24 cm x 14 cm
Donated by the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Namur
Musée provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois-Trésor d'Oignies (TreM.a)
Inv. no. TO 32