Fragment of a relic bag

German (probably Mainz)
13th century

Object Place: Germany


Overall: 20 x 18 cm (7 7/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen gauze, embroidered with silk

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts




Until at least 1868, the Church of St. Stephen, Mainz [see note 1]. By 1926, George Saville Seligman, Paris [see note 2]. 1938, Raphael Stora, Paris; 1938, probably sold by Stora to Adolfo Loewi, Venice [see note 3]; 1939, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $1000. (Accession Date: March 9, 1939)

[1] Fr. Bock, "Die Decken und Tücher beim Tragen der heiligen Reliquien," Organ für christliche Kunst 18, no. 19 (October 1, 1868), p. 220. [2] As illustrated in G. Saville Seligman and Talbot Hughes, Domestic Needlework: Its Origins and Customs Throughout the Centuries (London, [1926]), pl. XIc. [3] Stora had one-half interest in the bag, and probably sold it to Loewi in 1938.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Charles Gaston Smith's Group