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Skull of St. John the Baptist

Skull of St. John the Baptist





Artist : Anonymous


Material : Gold, Ruby, Precious stones, Emerald
Item 3 on 39
Objet(s) d'Art
Object of worship

Area related
Istanbul (Turkey)

Description   

The skull of St. John the Baptist was originally in the possession of the Byzantines and fell into Ottoman hands after the conquest. The relic was presented by Mehmed II (1451/1481) to Mara Despina, daughter of the Serbian king. Subsequently it became the property of Cezayirli Hasan Pasa, and after his death brought to the palace around 1790.
Item(s) related   
Skull of St. John the Baptist
Anonyme
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