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Portable Altar of Begon (1100)

Bearing an inscription indicating it was commissioned by Abbot Begon in 1100, this portable altar is made of porphyry and has a hollow cavity for a relic of the True Cross. It is framed by gilded silver, with portraits of St. Foy, Christ, the Virgin Mary, and other saints around the edges.

Photo © David Joyal.

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