Agnus Dei Reliquary by Unknown Artist

Agnus Dei reliquary which contained pellets of wax from a Paschal candle, mixed with holy oil, as a luck charm.


3.9 x 3 x 2 cm
Acquired in:
R Stenuit

Some of the pellets were still in it when it was found on the sea bed. Part of the finds from the Girona wreck. Purchased after a public appeal by the museum.


After the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, galleas Girona was wrecked off the North Antrim coast; 1967-9, treasure recovered by Stenuit, Belgian underwater archaeologist.

Venue details

Ulster Museum Botanic Gardens, Belfast County Antrim BT9 5AB 028 9044 0000

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibition with National Art Pass

Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed Mon (except on Northern Ireland Bank Holiday Mondays)