St. Stephen's Purse

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Saint Stephen's Purse is a rectangular gold 9th century reliquary studded with gem stones that is part of the Imperial Regalia of the Holy Roman Empire. It consists of a purse containing soil soaked with the blood of St. Stephen.[1] It is held in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Austria.[2]


  1. ^ Johannes Fried (2016-10-10). Charlemagne. Harvard University Press. p. 366. ISBN 978-0-674-97341-1.
  2. ^ Rudolf Distelberger; Manfred Leithe-Jasper (1998). Vienna, the Kunsthistorische Museum. Scala. ISBN 978-1-85759-125-5.