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  • Record Number: 674
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Butler , Lawrence and James Graham-Campbell
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  • Title: A Lost Reliquary Casket from Gwytherin, North Wales [The Church of Saint Winifrid at Gwytherin in North Wales once possessed a richly decorated casket containing the relics of the martyred virgin Saint Winifred (also known as Gwenfrewi or Winefride) of Wales. A drawing of the casket attributed to Edward Lluyd suggests that Winifred’s reliquary was probably produced in the eight or early ninth century and it was influenced by Anglo-Saxon and Irish decorative styles. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Antiquaries Journal 70, 1 ( 1990): Pages 40 - 48.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Archaeology Art History- Decorative Arts Hagiography Ireland Relics Reliquaries Shrines Virginity Winifrid of Gwytherin (also known as Winifred of Wales), Martyr, Saint Wales
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 8-9
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  • Primary Evidence: Drawing; Edward Lluyd, “Saint Winifried’s Shrine,” seventeenth century. Drawing depicts the casket with a triangular base andeach roundel has a distinctive style of decoration. From Rawlinson B 464, fol. 29r (Bodleian Library, Oxford).
  • Illustrations: Three Figures Figure One Edward Lluyd, “Shrine of Winifrid in church of Gwytherin in the shire of Denbigh,” 1690. Drawing from Lluyd’s “Parochialia” depicts the reliquary as having a triangular base with three decorative roundels in the center area and shaded areas on its sides. Figure Two Edward Lluyd, “Saint Winifried’s Shrine,” seventeenth century. Drawing depicts the casket with a triangular base and each roundel has a distinctive style of decoration. From Rawlinson B 464, fol. 29r (Bodleian~~Library, Oxford). Figure Three Moses Griffith, “Saint Winifrid’s Shrine,”~~eighteenth century. Drawing depicts the reliquary with two shaded areas and two of the roundels are also shaded. From Thomas Pennant, “Tours in Wales,” extra illustrated edition (National Library of Wales).
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  • Year of Publication: 1990.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00035815
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