might be raised on a pedestal, in the same way that a chalice is raised
up for service at Mass. As with so many of the small-scale objects
of value of the Middle Ages, the form often evokes large-scale architecture.
A pointed arch framing an image, here the Virgin and Child, would be a typical
choice for the metalworker. Even when the reliquary was seen in procession
through a town, the worshipper would connect the architectural form to the
actuality of a building where the relics were housed. Thus place,
and the need to travel to the sacred place (engage in pilgrimage), would
back to "worship"