Plaque with Marking of the Door with the Letter Tau
- ca. 1200
- Champlevé enamel, copper alloy, gilt
- Overall: 2 9/16 x 2 15/16 x 3/16 in. (6.5 x 7.5 x 0.4 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
- Accession Number:
The image here had its origin in the Passover, when Moses ordered the elders of Israel to mark the houses of the Israelites with the blood of a slain lamb to protect their households. For Christians, the tau came to be seen as an emblem of God's protection. In the enamel, the mark is placed on a building resembling a medieval church, with a prominent cross on the roof.