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[from the Latin tabernaculum, ‘a tent’]

A canopied structure in a Christian church which contains the reserved sacrament or holy relic; also an architectural frame, for example for a monument on a wall: see aedicule. Sepulchral monuments, choir stalls, etc. can be surmounted by rich canopy-work known as ‘tabernacle-work’ with crockets, pinnacles, and so on.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Art.


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