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Chrismatory

Date:
ca. 1200–1220
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper: engraved, chased, and gilt; champlevé enamel: lapis and lavender blue, turquoise, light and dark green, red, and white
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 7/8 x 5 9/16 x 3 3/4 in. (9.9 x 14.2 x 9.6 cm) Overall (without feet): 3 3/8 x 5 9/16 x 3 3/4 in. (8.6 x 14.2 x 9.6 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.853
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This ornamented box probably once contained holy oils, the use of which at baptism is noted by early Christian writers. Oils were also used for other sacraments, such as confirmation, the ordination of priests, and extreme unction, and for the consecration of churches. Few medieval containers for holy oils survive.
[ Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(until 1917)
Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 73, p. 256.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 72, p. 256.



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