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Plaque with Moses, Aaron, and the Brazen Serpent

Date:
ca. 1200
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Champlevé enamel, copper alloy, gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 15/16 x 2 1/2 x 3/16 in. (7.5 x 6.3 x 0.4 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.439
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The Book of Numbers describes a Brazen (brass) Serpent that Moses, following God’s instructions, set on a column, the sight of which would heal the children of Israel. Christians considered it a prototype of Jesus on the cross.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Arts of the Middle Ages: A Loan Exhibition," February 17, 1940–March 24, 1940.

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