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The Monymusk Reliquary


Monymusk Reliquary consisting of a rectangular casket and lid in the form of a roof, made from wood, copper alloy, silver, enamel and blue glass, decorated with intertwined animals, and possibly once containing a relic of St Columba, from around the 8th century AD

Museum reference

H.KE 14



Object name


Production information

Scotland, EUROPE


8th century


Yew, Copper alloy, Silver, Gilt copper alloy, Glass, Enamel

Physical description

Bronze, silver, wood, copper alloy, glass, enamel


Saint Columba
Grant of Monymusk
Abbot Bernard de Linton
Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, EUROPE
Arbroath, Angus, Scotland, EUROPE


  • Celts (10 Mar 2016 - 25 Sep 2016)
    National Museum of Scotland

  • Celts: Art and Identity (24 Sep 2015 - 31 Jan 2016)
    British Museum


Caldwell, D.H. (ed), Angels Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland, Edinburgh: NMS, 1982

Youngs, Susan (ed), 'The Work of Angels'. Masterpieces of Celtic metalwork, 6th-9th centuries AD, London: British Museums Publications Ltd, 1989, pp 134-5

Calder, Jenni, The Wealth of a Nation, Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland and Glasgow: Richard Drew Publishing, 1989, pp 26, 74

On display

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Acquired with the aid of the Art Fund

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