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Gemellion (Hand Basin) with the Arms of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

Date:
ca. 1250–75
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper: formed, engraved, gilt; champlevé enamel: medium blue, turquoise, and white
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 1 3/8 in. (22.5 x 23.5 x 3.5 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.56.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This gemellion, or enamel basin, testifies to the dialogue between the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem and the Limousin region of France, renowned for its enamel production. The arms of that kingdom, a large cross surrounded by small crosses, appear at the center of the bowl. Four men armed with shields and clubs separated by three-towered castles surround the arms. Originally part of a pair, the bowl was used to pour water over the hands from the small "gargoyle" or animal-head spout set into the side.
[ Joseph Altounian, Maçon and Paris (sold 1929)]; Brummer Gallery, New York (1929–sold 1949); Joseph Brummer Collection sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (April 20-23, 1949, no. 720)
The Notable Art Collection belonging to the Estate of the Late Joseph Brummer. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, April 20–23, 1949. no. 720, p. 193, ill. p. 192.

Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 132, p. 374.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 131, p. 374.



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