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Silver Images
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Classical temples had long acted as storehouses for gifts made of precious metals, but it was only in the fourth century that Christian churches seem to have begun to display large amounts of silver visibly, thus potentially affecting the experiences of pilgrims. The Liber Pontificalis reports that Constantine gave seven 200-pound silver altars to the Lateran basilica, and later popes also offered considerable amounts of silver to the Roman basilicas. Most of these early donations involved liturgical furniture, but silver figures and deco…

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Kerr Houston, “Silver Images”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00132>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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