Small reliquary of Saint Nicolas

Made by Hugo, this reliquary comprises a hexagonal tube in rock crystal, with a silver setting and cover surmounted with a (more recent) Crucifix. On the knop of the reliquary we can distinguish representations of dragons which indicate knowledge of a bestiary. A small reliquary of the Holy Blood, enclosed in a gold Byzantine box, was later inserted into the rock crystal holder.

Small reliquary of Saint Nicolas

Hugo d’Oignies (Attributed to)
post-1228 – c. 1230

Silver, gold, rock crystal
29.3 x 8.5 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 07