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Reliquary Pendant for the Holy Thorn The British Museum, London Copyright © The Trustees of the British Museum The Holy Thorn, from the Crown of Thorns worn by Christ before and during the Crucifixion (Matt. 27:29), was a celebrated relic during the Middle Ages. The thorn in this reliquary may have come from the Crown of Thorns that was purchased by King Louis IX of France (St. Louis) in 1238 from the Latin Emperor of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Baldwin II.
A quatrefoil-shaped harness pendant of the medieval period (13-14 C). Cast copper alloy. It bears a decorative design consisting of a central six-petalled flower and adjoining foliage in each lobe. The flower is inlaid with blue enamel, and the field with red enamel. Most of the enamel survives, but the suspension loop is broken. 33.8mm x 29.6mm, 9.12g. UKDFD 44750