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Processional Cross

13th century
Made in Limoges, France
Champlevé enamel, gilt copper and rock crystals
Overall: 28 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. (72.7 x 35.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Like the upper and lower book cover plaques from Limoges, the front and back of the cross combine images of the crucified Christ and the resurrected Christ in Majesty. The figures were worked in copper separately and then applied to the enameled surfaces. The raised forms made the figures easier to see when the cross was carried.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 61, pp. 134-135, 257.

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