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Plaque from a Reliquary Shrine

Date:
ca. 1185
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Champlevé enamel, copper alloy, gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/16 x 1 1/8 x 1/8 in. (7.8 x 2.9 x 0.3 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2141
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Among the most splendid objects in the great churches of Cologne are large architectural shrines containing relics associated with local saints. These ambitious goldsmiths’ works are among the greatest artistic achievements of their time. Refined decorative fragments like the small rectangular plaques shown here are often all that remain of these monumental objects, as many were dismantled or even destroyed following the secularization of church property in this region in the first decade of the nineteenth century. During later efforts to restore shrines, some fragments were replaced and the originals sold to collectors and museums.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1917)
Hoffmann, Konrad, ed. The Year 1200: A Centennial Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970. no. 189, p. 183.



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