Workshop of Master of the Virgin Mary's Reliquary Casket (German, Aachen)
early 13th century
Made in Cologne, Germany
Champlevé and cloisonné enamel, copper-gilt
Overall: 3 7/16 x 1 9/16 x 5/16 in. (8.7 x 4 x 0.8 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1969
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
Although subtle variations of pattern and color distinguish these three plaques from one another, they once formed part of the decoration of a single reliquary. Roman numerals scratched into the reverse indicated where they were to be set, with other figural and decorative elements, on a large house-shaped shrine or other devotional object.
[ G. S. Seligman]
Swarzenski, Hanns, and Nancy Netzer. Enamels & Glass: Catalogue of Medieval Objects. Catalogue of Medieval Objects in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1986. p. 72.