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    Reliquary
    Winchester; end 10th c.

    This is a unique piece of outstanding value, made in Winchester when the cathedral was built in the 7th c. to be the centre of a bishopric. It can be dated by the colour of the glass but the fineness of the decoration makes it unusual for the time and it probably came from one of the workshops connected to the cathedral (in the Middle Ages there were workshops in monasteries all over Europe catering for the needs of the church). The decorations are patterned on those of church codexes.