How to Look at the Severed Forearm of a Saint

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How to Look at the Severed Forearm of a Saint, 1.9.18

On its travels in Canada, the relic remains inside its usual arm-shaped, silver-and-glass case, called a reliquary, which is in turn displayed inside a utilitarian clear-plastic box. For insights into how to think about it all, I called Cynthia Hahn, an art history professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author, most recently, of The Reliquary Effect: Enshrining the Sacred Object, published last year by University of Chicago Press.

*Also ran in MSN News Canada, MacClean’s Online

Submitted on: JAN 9, 2018

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