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« on: March 11, 2009 04:27:20 PM »

This is about half papercraft and half various "other" so I figured it probably goes here, particularly since it was made for the first challenge on this board. 



This is a slightly more traditional take on a shrine than most of what you see around here; after learning about reliquaries in medieval Europe a few years back, I've been fascinated by the various bizarre and elaborate cases that people have made to keep their dead bits of saint in.  So here is a "shrine of the unknown saint" which borrows from various styles of medieval and later artwork. 



Please disregard the fact that the candles and the draperies touch....  The crosses in the door do go all the way through the cardboard, and have a layer of translucent gold paper between the layers. 



The reliquary is sculpey studded with glass chassions (and does open, see below.)  The saint, whose portrait hangs from the two beaded strands and therefore can swing outward from the back wall, is done in more of Byzantine Icon style.  (I was very much amused, when visiting the Cathedrals in Salisbury & Canterbury, to find that they sell miniature tryptic Icons in their gift shops.)



Closed.  I am still looking for an appropriate latch, since I want one that actually latches, rather than the sort you snap into place, like the cheap wooden boxes you can get at the craft stores. 



And the inside, also with my hand, for scale.  The line of red beads across the center is connected to a loop on the back so that the shrine can be hung on a wall. 



And the inside of the reliquary, containing the saint's tooth.  (this is actually a baby raccoon tooth, rescued from a jaw that someone dropped, half-chewed, in my lawn last spring.)  It is no less authentic than a lot of medieval relics, unless you point out that raccoons are north american, and weren't around in medieval europe... 
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009 07:18:16 PM »

This is AWESOME!
I love how tiny it is...
I just had a Byzantine Art and Culture class last semester, and there were quite a few reliquaries in that pre-medieval time too!
My favorite part is that you put the racoon tooth in! It just wouldn't be a reliquary is there were no bits!
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2009 07:42:38 PM »

Wow!  Great job.  I love the paper you used on this and the beading around the curtains.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2009 05:04:04 AM »

this is AMAZING!!! i hope you don't mind me using this as a lesson for my high school classes. i would get a blast out of the kids making these in art history! totally geeky.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2009 05:45:13 AM »

this is AMAZING!!! i hope you don't mind me using this as a lesson for my high school classes. i would get a blast out of the kids making these in art history! totally geeky.

Um, sure!  I'd love to see what other people made of the idea, as well.  Smiley
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very cool.  Cheesy
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