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Agnus Dei Reliquary

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'Agnus Dei Reliquary. Gold box in the form of a book; the hinged lid is decorated in relief, with a central area framed by pillars and topped with a pediment containing a representation of St John the Baptist. The interior is divided into five circular compartments, with a central raised portion corresponding to a receptacle accessed from the back, presumably originally containing a relic over which a cover, held in place by the same sort of architectural frame as appears on the front, is fitted. When found the receptacle contained little wax tablets, identified as Agnus Dei, made from the wax of Paschal candles, blessed by the Pope, believed to be endowed with protective properties' From Flanagan, L. (1988) Ireland's Armada Legacy, p.177