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Historical Archive: Nef of St. Ursula

carnelian, gold, silver gilt, copper, and enamel
46 x 28 x 16.5 cm (18.1 x 11 x 6.5 inches)
attributed to Pierre Rousseau or Raymond Guyonnet/Rémon Guinnot, Tours
table ornament given by the city council of Troyes to Queen Anne de Bretagne, 1500
sailors/soldiers/courtiers replaced by saints, Henry Duzen 1505
probably in use as a reliquary by 1537
presented by Henri III to Reims cathedral 1574
5 women added 17th c.; decking reworked 19th c.
inscription on base: Henry III, king of the French and Poles, has presented this little ship to the Virgin Mother of God,
so that France, long tossed about by waves of sedition, may with divine help finally return to the tranquil sea of the ancestors. Crowned in 1574.
Reims, Palais du Tau


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full, side with Ursula
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vessel only, side with
Ursula
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full, oblique from stern;
base: arms of France
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full, oblique from prow;
base: arms of Poland
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St. Ursula,
gold/enamel
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companion of Ursula,
silver/enamel
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base inscription of
Henri III
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animal at ship's prow