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Lectern in the Form of an Eagle

Artist:
Attributed to Jehan Aert van Tricht (Netherlandish, active Maastricht 1492–1501)
Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Made in Maastricht, the Netherlands
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
81 1/8 × 47 3/4 × 40 1/4 in. (206.1 × 121.3 × 102.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Brass
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1968
Accession Number:
68.8
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16
Atop this large lectern, which was used for reading from the Gospels, is an impressive eagle, symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, perched with a dragon beneath its talon. A complex object assembled from many separately cast parts, the lectern is supported by three lion feet and embellished with figures of the Magi, Christ, Saint Peter, Saint Barbara, and Old Testament prophets. In the nineteenth century, John Talbot, sixteenth earl of Shrewsbury, donated the lectern to the cathedral of Saint Chad in Birmingham, England, designed by the renowned Gothic revival architect A.W.N. Pugin (1812-1852). The figures of Saint Barbara and the first Magus are nineteenth-century replacements, dating from the time of Pugin's involvement with the lectern.
From the church of Saint Peter, Louvain (sold 1798); Brought from Brussels(unknown date) ; [ Edward Hull, London (by 1836)] ; John, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, England (in about 1836) ; Cathedral of St. Chad, Birmingham(1841-1851) ; St. Mary's College, Oscott(at Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, 1851
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