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Processional Cross

Date:
ca. 1450
Geography:
Made in Aragon, Spain
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Silver-gilt, with traces of enamel on walnut core
Dimensions:
Overall: 36 11/16 x 16 x 4 1/8 in. (93.2 x 40.6 x 10.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Ella Brummer, in memory of her husband, Ernest Brummer, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.363.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 626
Intended for processional use rather than for stationary placement upon an altar, this cross is of a type developed in northern Spain that would have originally contained translucent enamel plaques, like those exhibited nearby. The central medallion on the front shows Christ in Majesty, with the mourning Virgin on the left terminal and Adam rising from the tomb at the base, while at the top is an image alluding to the self-sacrifice of the devout pelican in order to save her young. On the back the four Evangelist symbols surround a medallion featuring the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).
[ Ruiz, Madrid]; Ernest Brummer, New York; [ Galerie Koller AG, Zurich, with Spink & Son, London (sold 1979)]; Ella Bache Brummer, New York (until 1982)
Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Art from Private Collections: A Special Exhibition at The Cloisters, October 30, 1968 through January 5, 1969. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968. no. 140.

The Ernest Brummer Collection. Vol. 1. Zurich: Galerie Koller, October 16–19, 1979. no. 177, pp. 260–61.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1982-1983 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1983). pp. 23-24.

Parker, Elizabeth C. "Recent Major Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums." Gesta 23, no. 1 (1984). p. 71, fig. 9.

Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki: Iz sobraniĭ muze︠i︡a Metropoliten, Nʹ︠i︡u Ĭork i Khudozhestvennogo Instituta, Chikago. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 82, p. 14.

State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 82, pp. 170-171.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 225, pp. 183–84.



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