Guelph Treasure - Welfenkreuz

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Highlights from The Guelph Treasure can be enjoyed here

Around 1030 Gertrude, wife of Count Liudolf dedicated the Cathedral of St. Blasius in the Burg Dankwarderode in Brunswick as a family collegiate foundation. During the next 5000 years the impressive collection of reliquaries, crosses and other treasure were amassed – the so called Guelph Treasure. In 1935 the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation acquired 44 pieces of the original collection of 82. Since 2008 this ownership has been disputed by the heirs of the consortium of Jewish art dealers, who sold them at that time. The question is whether this sale was forced or not. Here is a list of highlights from the German part of the treasure.

Highlights from The Guelph Treasure

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The Guelph Cross – Reliquary cross from the 12th century (first half)
© bpk / Kunstgewerbemuseum, SMB, Photo: Arne Psille

 

Tragaltar mit getriebenen Silberfiguren aus dem Welfenschatz

Portable altar silver figures from the 11th century
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Jürgen Liepe

 

Tragaltar des Eilbertus aus dem Welfenschatz

Portable altar made by Master Eilbert ca. 1150
© bpk / Kunstgewerbemuseum, SMB / Jürgen Liepe

 

small Tragaltar mit den Kardinaltugenden  © bpk SMB

Portable Altar with the Cardinal Virtues ca. 1160
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Jürgen Liepe

 

Kuppelreliquiar aus dem Welfenschatz small Kuppelreliquiar aus dem Welfenschatz  © bpk -Jürgen Liepe Kunstgewerbemuseum, SMB

Cupola Reliquary from Köln, end of 12th century
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Jürgen Liepe

 

Armreliquiar des hl. Sigismund aus dem Welfenschatz

Armreliquiary of St. Sigismund
© bpk / Kunstgewerbemuseum, SMB

 

Armreliquiar des hl. Laurentius aus dem Welfenschatz

Armreliquiary of St. Laurentius
© bpk / Kunstgewerbemuseum, SMB

 

small buestenreliquiar des hl Blasius bpk fofotsudio bartsch

Bust reliquary of St. Blasius 14th century
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Jürgen Liepe

 

Plenar Herzog Ottos des Milden aus dem Welfenschatz small Plenar Herzog Ottos des Milden 2 © bpk irmegard

Plenar of Duke Otto the Mild 1339 AD
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Jürgen Liepe

 

small Tabernakel mit thronender Maria mit Kind

Tabernacle showing enthroned Maria with Child, 14th century
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum / Stefan Büchner

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