Circle of Lorenzo Ghiberti (Italian, Florence 1378–1455 Florence)
Gilt copper and champlevé enamel
H. 7 1/2 x W. 7 3/4 x D. 3 1/4 in. (19.1 x 19.7 x 8.3 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1981
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
The strongly architectural nature of the design suggests that it may have been based on a late antique sarcophagus. The inscription (on the two end panels) may be translated, "Domina Mattea, wife of Renzo, had this work made for the sake of her soul and those of her family, 1446."
Inscription: [on left end panel]: HOC. OP[U]S / FECIT. FIE / RI. D[OMI]NA. M / ATEA. US / OR. RENTII; [on right panel]: PRO ANIM / A. SUA. ET. / SVORUM. / MCCCC / XLVI [trans.: "Domina Mattea, wife of Renzo, had this work made for the sake of her soul and those of her family, 1446"]
Lord Carmichael of Stirling (until 1926; sale, Sotheby's, London, June 10, 1926, no. 444; to Joubert); Joubert (in 1926) ; Henry Harris (until 1950; sale, Sotheby's, London, October 24, 1950, no. 28) ; Anonymous (until 1968; sale, Property of a Gentleman, Sotheby's, London, May 16, 1968, no. 55a); Paul Doll , Berkeley Heights, New Jersey ; Anonymous (until 1981; sale, Property of a Gentleman, Christie's, London, April 7, 1981, no. 30)