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Plaque from a Reliquary

Artist:
Workshop of the Master of the Virgin Mary's Reliquary Casket (German, Aachen)
Date:
early 13th century
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Champlevé and cloisonné enamel, copper-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 5/16 in. (8.4 x 4 x 0.8 cm)
Classification:
Enamels
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1969
Accession Number:
69.238.3
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.



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