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Plaque from a Portable Altar with Scenes from the Life of Jesus

Date:
ca. 1160–80
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Champlevé enamel, copper-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 5/16 x 2 5/8 x 1/16 in. (16.1 x 6.7 x 0.2 cm) grouped with 17.190.410-.413: 6 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 1/16 in. (16.2 x 26.1 x 0.2 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.411
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Abbreviated Latin inscriptions identify each scene. Reading clockwise from the lower left, they include scenes from both the Christmas and Easter stories. Portable altars were carried by priests when traveling and when attending the sick.
J. C. Robinson, England; comte Chandon de Briailles ; Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Catalogue of a Collection of European Enamels from the Earliest Date to the End of the XVII Century. London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1897. no. 7, p. 2.

Pératé, André. Collections Georges Hoentschel: Émaux du XIIe au XVe siècle. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1911. no. 8–11, fig. IV.

The Life of Christ: A Loan Exhibition of Works of Art Illustrating Episodes in the Life of Christ. Hartford, CT: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1948. no. 194, p. 33.

Schnitzler, Hermann. Rheinische Schatzkammer. Vol. 2. Düsseldorf: L. Schwann, 1959. p. 17.

Verdier, Philippe. "La grande croix de l'abbé Suger à Saint-Denis." Cahiers de civilisation médiévale 13 (1970). p. 23.

Kötzsche, Dietrich. "Zum Stand der Forschung der Goldschmiedekunst des 12. Jahrhunderts im Rhein-Maas-Gebiet." In Rhein und Maas: Kunst und Kultur 800–1400. Volume 2, Berichte, Beiträge und Forschungen zum Themenkreis der Ausstellung und des Katalogs, edited by Anton Legner. Cologne: Museum Schnütgen, 1973. p. 219.

Legner, Anton, ed. Ornamenta Ecclesiae: Kunst und Künstler der Romanik. Vol. 2. Cologne: Museum Schnütgen, 1985. no. F48, p. 407.

Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki: Kratkii Katalog Vystavki. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 21, p. 10.

State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 21, pp. 50-51.



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