janebrickley:

Reliquary Bust of Saint Balbina, ca. 1520–30
South Netherlandish (possibly made in Brussels, Belgium)

“All reliquaries derive their power from the relic they contain as well as from the beauty and intrinsic qualities of the vessel. Reliquaries in the form of busts became widespread during the High Middle Ages. This head (made of painted and gilded oak) contains the skull of Saint Balbina, an early virgin martyr of Rome. The label on the little door on top identifies the relic inside. She is richly dressed in a fashionable gown and with jewelry and an elaborate coiffure.” (metmuseum.org)

janebrickley:

Reliquary Bust of Saint Balbina, ca. 1520–30
South Netherlandish (possibly made in Brussels, Belgium)

“All reliquaries derive their power from the relic they contain as well as from the beauty and intrinsic qualities of the vessel. Reliquaries in the form of busts became widespread during the High Middle Ages. This head (made of painted and gilded oak) contains the skull of Saint Balbina, an early virgin martyr of Rome. The label on the little door on top identifies the relic inside. She is richly dressed in a fashionable gown and with jewelry and an elaborate coiffure.” (metmuseum.org)

stability:

australiansanta:

one of the scariest things to happen to me was when dad caught a shark and put it in the freezer and i didnt know and at like 3am i came down half asleep with only the flashlight on my phone to see and i opened the freezer and there was a fuckign shaRK 

why am i not surprised that you’re australian

stability:

australiansanta:

one of the scariest things to happen to me was when dad caught a shark and put it in the freezer and i didnt know and at like 3am i came down half asleep with only the flashlight on my phone to see and i opened the freezer and there was a fuckign shaRK 

why am i not surprised that you’re australian

stability:

australiansanta:

one of the scariest things to happen to me was when dad caught a shark and put it in the freezer and i didnt know and at like 3am i came down half asleep with only the flashlight on my phone to see and i opened the freezer and there was a fuckign shaRK 

why am i not surprised that you’re australian