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Adoration of the Shepherds

Date:
late 15th century
Culture:
Italian, Lombardy, probably Milan
Medium:
Basse-taille and painted enamel on silver; gilt-silver frame mounted with silver and partly enameled gold, and set with emeralds and pearls
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm.)
Classification:
Enamels
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
Enamel painters in fifteenth-century Lombardy applied opaque colors on top of broad areas of brilliantly colored translucent enamels that were fused to grounds of silver. Their work is highly decorative; unlike enameled gold or enameled cooper, however, enameled silver is inherently unstable and easily perishes, so that examples seldom survive in good condition.
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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