Thursday, January 21, 2021

Another Coat of Arms on a Reliquary, Plus!

St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent has a lot of reliquaries. And a lot of those reliquaries have the arms of various Bishops of the Diocese of Ghent embroidered on them, as we have seen.

Today's offering is another one of these (with an added bonus further below!).

Here on this reliquary, in the center we have a phoenix rising from flames with a shield on its breast. To the right, we have the quartered arms of the Bishop of Ghent quartered with those of either Bishop Philippe Erard van der Noot or Bishop Maximilian Antoon van der Noot, which we saw previously in the blog post of January 11, 2021.

On the left, we have a new (to us) coat of arms.

These arms, also quartered with the arms of the Bishop of Ghent, are those of Bishop Antoon Triest, the seventh Bishop of Ghent, 1622-1657. (He was preceded by the subject of our previous post, Jacob Boonen.) Bishop Triest also has his own entry in Wikipedia, for those of you who would like to know more about him ( 

Quarterly: 1 and 4, Azure a lion rampant barry of six argent and gules crowned or (Bishop of St. Bavo); 2 and 3, Or two hunting horns and a hound courant sable (Triest) (these arms should actually be colored Sable two hunting horns argent garnished or and a hound courant argent). Motto: Confidenter (Confidently).

Elsewhere in the Cathedral, we find Bishop Triest's arms again, this time carved prominently onto his monument:

The lower part of the monument bears a carved reclining figure of the Bishop (seen here with a couple of the many tourists visiting the Cathedral that day):

Below his figure is a Latin inscription that translates to "Antoon 7th Bishop of Ghent":

But, of course, it's really the coat of arms at the top that I was most interested in, surmounted by the galero of a bishop and supported by two winged cherubs:

That is quite the monument, isn't it? (I suppose that if I want to have a memorial like that after I'm gone, I'd better start saving up forty or so years ago.) But don't you just have to admire the quality (and quantity) of the stone carving there?

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