Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ownership of Christian devotional masterpieces at center of legal case in Germany

12th century reliquary shaped like  church is part of a collection of Christian devotional masterpieces
GERMANY---The case of the Guelph Treasure, in which heirs of the Jewish art dealers are seeking its return, may throw a light on this complicated legal question. The treasure is a collection, primarily of precious gem-encrusted Christian devotional masterpieces, such as reliquaries and crosses, that is valued at about $250 million. The most valuable piece is a 12th-century domed reliquary shaped like a church and made of gold, copper and silver. Biblical figures carved from walrus tusk encircle the work. [link]