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Fragment of a Border

ca. 1185–1205
Made in Braine or Reims (?)
Pot-metal glass with vitreous paint
Overall: 8 5/8 x 24 3/8in. (21.9 x 61.9cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1978
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
This fragment was originally part of the border of a stained-glass window, most likely from the clerestory of a church. It is composed of two different motifs-a palmette and a circle enclosing a rosette, a not uncommon combination in the 12th century, but increasingly rare in the 13th. The variety of color in this border, its lush vegetal forms, and the detail of painting relate it to stained-glass ornament produced around the end of the 12th century.
From the abbey church of Saint-Yved, Braine or the abbey church of Saint-Remi, Reims ; [ Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris (sold 1978)]
Caviness, Madeline H., ed. Stained Glass Before 1700 in American Collections: New England and New York (Corpus Vitrearum Checklist I). Studies in the History of Art, Vol. 15. Washington, D.C.: National Art Gallery, 1985. p. 96.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 83, p. 70.

Hayward, Jane. English and French Medieval Stained Glass in The Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Volume 1, edited by Mary B. Shepard, and Cynthia Clark. Corpus Vitrearum USA, Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003. no. 15, pp. 114-119, fig. 15.

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