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Shakespeare's Restless World by Neil MacGregor | Books | The Guardian -
September 14, 2012
"Currently on display at the British Museum is a round silver case, less than 5cm in diameter, with an eye-shaped glass aperture allowing the viewer to see an object inside it. The museum's director, Neil MacGregor, describes the case as similar to a "small circular box of mints" and the object as a "brownish lump, a bit like a shrivelled prune". In fact, the prune is the right eye – the "oculus dexter" as the Latin inscription on the back of the reliquary explains – of the Catholic martyr Edward Oldcorne, who was publicly hanged, drawn and quartered in Worcester in 1606." -
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