I wanted to find some pictures of my two new heroines to share with you, but apparently these women only exist in my head because none of the pictures I found quite match my imagination. But here's a little tidbit for you. Meg's story revolves around a reliquary box. What is a reliquary? It's a container for holy relics, usually objects associated with the Catholic saints. Many reliquaries were quite elaborate, such as this one, currently housed in the Louvre.
Meg's reliquary is somewhat simpler, made of carved wood instead of gilded over in gold. Hers does have a cross carved on the top and some other scrolling around the sides, but instead of the figures decorating the four corners, Meg's reliquary has a jewel in each corner in this order:
Top left: jasper
Top right: a sardonyx stone
Bottom left: an emerald
Bottom right: an amethyst
My hero, Burthred, guessed the meaning of the first three, though not the fourth. Can you guess what each stone represents, too?
I'm glad I happened upon this post. I did not know what sardonyx looked like.
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