Cameo with the Fasting of Saint Nicholas
Agate with gold frame
Overall (without mount): 15/16 x 11/16 x 1/4 in. (2.4 x 1.8 x 0.6 cm)
Overall (with mount): 1 3/16 x 11/16 x 1/4 in. (3 x 1.8 x 0.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 2000
In this rare scene from his infancy, Saint Nicholas refuses his mother’s milk. Theimage served as an exemplar for fasting and abstinence, especially for monasticcommunities. The relics of Saint Nicholas resided at Bari, in southern Italy, wherethe protection of this popular saint had wide appeal.The court of Frederick II Hohenstaufen (r. 1215–50) actively promoted the creation and collection of works, such as these cameos, linking Frederick’s reign with the imperial past.
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