This unusual piece is apparently from a collection originating from a Jesuit Monastery in Quebec City. Such items are often called a reliquary but this example appears more to be a religious item to be carried, celebrating ‘Agnus Dei’, the Lamb of God. The box contains a gilt image on paper lining the top and the main section is covered with thick glass over a surround of gilt-edged rolled paper. In the centre, there is a section of oval wax held in position with two threads, securing a hand-written gilt edged label 'Agnus Dei'. This special little box would have been worn as a precious religious item. The 1.75 ins (4cm) x 1.5 ins (3.5cm) x 0.5 ins (1cm). Weight 28 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 189.
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