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Plaque

Date:
second quarter 13th century
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Champlevé enamel, copper
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1/16 in. (13.4 x 13.4 x 0.2 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.811
Not on view
The medieval metalworker's craft was often closely allied to the draftsman's art, a relationship that was particularly strong in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In this work, calligraphic metal surfaces float against colorful enameled backgrounds, much as drawing and painting interact in manuscripts. A sketch of a head on the reverse of this piece suggests that artists worked out compositions in a graphic mode before attempting completed designs.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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