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The Agate box in the Cámara Santa (Holy Chamber) of the Cathedral of Oviedo.

The Agate Box (Spanish: Caja de las Ágatas) is a shrine donated by King Fruela II of Asturias and his wife Nunila as a sign of devotion to the Cathedral of San Salvador, Oviedo, Spain. This masterpiece of 10 century Asturian gold work is kept in the Cámara Santa (Holy Chamber)

Construction

It is a rectangular box made of wood of European Pear, with a lid in the shape of a truncated pyramid. The Agate box is 42 centimetres (17 in) long, 27.5 centimetres (10.8 in) wide and 25 centimetres (9.8 in) high. The wooden box is covered with sheets of gold forming unequal arches, in which agates and cabochons are inserted. The top of the lid has plate with a carved cross and three large stones, coming from a older shrine [1].

The base of the box is made of pure silver, with a cross made of gems and with a carved tetramorph, representing the four evangelists: the angel St. Matthew, the Lion of St. Mark, the ox of St Luke and the eagle of St. John). The inscription of the donation of the box to the cathedral is engraved on this face of the box.

Esto Que Ofrecieron Los Siervos De Cristo Froila Y Nunilo, Llamada Scemena, Permanezca Acogido Con Gozo En Honor De Dios. Esta Obra Fue Acabada Y Concedida A San Salvador De Oviedo. Quien Se Atreviere A Arrebatar Estos Dones Nuestros, Sea Muerto Por El Rayo Divino. Fue Elaborado En La Era 948. [2]

Notes

  1. ^ García de Castro Valdés, César (2004). "Cripta de San Leocadia". Arte Prerrománico de Asturias. Oviedo: Ediciones Nobel. ISBN 84-8459-181-6.  
  2. ^ The era 948 corresponds to 910 in today calendary.

References

  • García de Castro Valdés, César (2004). "Cripta de San Leocadia". Arte Prerrománico de Asturias. Oviedo: Ediciones Nobel. ISBN 84-8459-181-6.  
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