Portable Altars

Thursday, June 28th 2018 - Tuesday, April 30th 2019

Portable altars were marked with 5 crosses, depicting the wounds of Christ on the Cross. Some were made from wood with the relic cavity covered by a piece of recycled marble or porfido verde antico. This exotic marble must have been brought into Scotland from important religious centres in Rome during the early Christian period. Religious pilgrims may have taken them back as souvenirs or to be used as relic covers.

Curator: Jenny Murray, Curator of Collections

More information is available in our Mass on the Move PDF