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“Large” gold mounted reliquary in pressed tortoise shell. An engraved steel dye was used to manufacture these artifacts. The steel was engraved with the image and the tortoise shell was steamed into a malleable material and pushed into the steel mold and left to cool off. Tortoise shell is difficult to file and molding it was a clever solution.
Probably Dutch ca 1700. The gold mount is 22 carat.
Measurements: 8 cm with the loop width : 5.8 cm