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.
Date: ca. 1180–90Medium: Copper: engraved, chiseled, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark, medium, and light blue; turquoise, dark and light green, yellow, red, and white; wood core, painted red on exteriorAccession: 17.190.514On view in:Gallery 899
Date: ca. 1220–1230Medium: Copper (plaques): engraved, scraped, stippled, and gilt; (appliqués): repoussé, chased, engraved, scraped, and gilt; champlevé enamel: medium blue, turquoise, medium green, yellow, red, and white, modern wood mountAccession: 17.190.735On view in:Not on view