The beautiful reliquary of the Holy Crib by the goldsmith Luigi Valadier (1726-85) is part of the confessio of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
The Christ Child's curious Mohican haircut was Valadier's valiant attempt to create a rayed halo!
The reliquary contains several fragments of wood which are venerated as part of the Sacra Culla (Holy Crib), into which Christ, as a newly-born baby, was placed.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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