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The original miniature is believed to have been painted from life during Mary’s imprisonment in England and may, like the Blairs Memorial Portrait, be associated with Elizabeth Curle.
The reverse of the miniature features Mary Queen of Scots’ monogram. An inscription on the back lists the names of eighteen Catholic saints and martyrs popularised during the Counter-Reformation.
The Blairs Jewel (Mary Queen of Scots Miniature Reliquary)
watercolour, wood & bone
H 8 x W 6 cm
Mixed media & collage
Inscription around the portrait: 'Maria Stuart Scotiae Regina Martyrio affecta 1586 20 Septembris in Anglia'