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Reliquary of the Jaw of St. Anthony, 1349  I love this piece. What’s even better, besides it just having a sick jaw encased in gold, is that St. Anthony was known for the speeches and sermons he gave. Ever heard the expression “silver-tongued preacher”? This is who the phrase originated from.

Reliquary of the Jaw of St. Anthony, 1349 I love this piece. What’s even better, besides it just having a sick jaw encased in gold, is that St. Anthony was known for the speeches and sermons he gave. Ever heard the expression “silver-tongued preacher”? This is who the phrase originated from.

The hand of St. Francis Xavier is seen in a reliquary at the Jesuits' Church of the Gesu in Rome Sept. 8. Relics of holy people have been venerated since early Christianity. (CNS/Paul Haring)

The hand of St. Francis Xavier is seen in a reliquary at the Jesuits' Church of the Gesu in Rome Sept. 8. Relics of holy people have been venerated since early Christianity. (CNS/Paul Haring)

UNKNOWN GOLDSMITH, French Reliquary Effigy of St Foy 983-1013 Gold and silver gilt over a wooden core, height 85cm Church Treasury, Conques

UNKNOWN GOLDSMITH, French Reliquary Effigy of St Foy 983-1013 Gold and silver gilt over a wooden core, height 85cm Church Treasury, Conques

Reliquary of St. Andrew the Apostle, silver with gold plate, pearls, over 200 gems and 6 emeralds set on a bronze base. "THE VATICAN"

Reliquary of St. Andrew the Apostle, silver with gold plate, pearls, over 200 gems and 6 emeralds set on a bronze base. "THE VATICAN"

The State Hermitage Museum:  Reliquary of St.Stephen,late 12th cent. France.  Wood,silver gilt,gemstones.

The State Hermitage Museum: Reliquary of St.Stephen,late 12th cent. France. Wood,silver gilt,gemstones.

The Reliquary of Sainte-Foi, Conques, France on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela. Her relics arrived in Conques through theft in 866.

The Reliquary of Sainte-Foi, Conques, France on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela. Her relics arrived in Conques through theft in 866.

Hildesheim c. 1170  Reliquary of Saint Henri Champlevé enamel on gilded copper, silver, rock crystal; wood frame H. 23.60 cm  On one side is Christ surrounded by three kings: Oswald, Sigismond and Eugeus; on the other, the emperor Saint Henry (1002–24), between his wife Cunigunde and the monk Welandus.  Former Engelke collection, acquired in 1857 Department of Decorative Arts	 OA 49 Louvre Museum, Paris

Hildesheim c. 1170 Reliquary of Saint Henri Champlevé enamel on gilded copper, silver, rock crystal; wood frame H. 23.60 cm On one side is Christ surrounded by three kings: Oswald, Sigismond and Eugeus; on the other, the emperor Saint Henry (1002–24), between his wife Cunigunde and the monk Welandus. Former Engelke collection, acquired in 1857 Department of Decorative Arts OA 49 Louvre Museum, Paris