Facing Medusa: A Thirteenth-Century Reliquary of King David

  • Beth FischerEmail author
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Viewers of a late medieval reliquary in Basel’s cathedral treasury were confronted with a seemingly irreconcilable contradiction: the reliquary is in the shape of the heroic King David, ancestor of Christ, but the face is a cameo of Medusa, the female monster who turned men to stone.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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