The objects on muensterschatz.ch are arranged around a timeline. Artefacts and accompanying texts tell the history of Basel Cathedral’s treasury over a period of a thousand years. Discussed are the objects’ liturgical functions, their roles in the city’s history and identity, as well as changes over time in their perception and valuation. it is those narratives that determine each object’s position on the timeline.
The web exhibition thus promotes a multifaceted approach to the cathedral’s treasures and sheds light on the artefacts’ origins, usages, and afterlives. It broadens our understanding of how the Basel Cathedral Treasury was used, interpreted, and understood over time.