This piece of 14th century jewelry is made of gold and a freshwater pearl and represents the ideal of courtly love. It’s in the shape of a letter E (I like to think a man wore it who loved a woman whose name began with E) and opens to serve as a locket. The cover holds a male figure aiming arrows towards the wearer’s heart, and the inscription inside reads “Fair lady, may I always remain close to your heart.” I love pieces that tell a story like this.

Amatory Reliquary

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