Overall: 5 1/16 x 5 1/16 x 1 9/16 in. (12.9 x 12.9 x 4 cm)
Rock Crystal center: 2 11/16 x 3/8 in. (6.9 x 1 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This morse, used to fasten a priest's robe at the neck, combines the arts of the goldsmith and the illuminator. Under the rock crystal is an image of Saint Francis, painted on parchment. According to his legend, Saint Francis received the marks of Jesus' wounds from his Crucifixion as he knelt in prayer.
Sigismond Bardac, Paris; Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Pératé, André. Collections Georges Hoentschel: Émaux du XIIe au XVe siècle. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1911. no. 78, fig. XLIX.