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Chasse with Christ in Majesty and the Lamb of God

Date:
ca. 1180–90
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Champlevé enamel: blue-black; dark, medium, and light blue; turquoise, dark and light green, yellow, red, translucent wine red, and white; wood core, painted red on exterior; copper: engraved, scraped, stippled, and gilt.
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 11/16 x 9 1/4 x 4 3/16 in. (22 x 23.5 x 10.7 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.523
  • Description

    This chasse served as a container for saints’ relics—often bones or pieces of cloth. The chasse depicts Christ in Majesty surrounded by saints on the lower front and the Lamb of God, emblematic of Jesus, flanked by angels on the sloping roof. Access to the sacred contents was through the locked door on one end. It shows Saint Peter, called by Jesus to be the keeper of the keys of heaven, as the guardian of the box’s holy relics.

    Note the wonderfully varied designs of the columns and the saints’ haloes, the exceptional translucent red, the scrolling pattern of the gilded ground, and the blue enamel that defines hair, brows, digits, and sinews. The design of the back simulates a costly silk textile.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription: A/w (Alpha/omega, twice, surrounding Christ and the Lamb).

  • Provenance

    Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890)(Paris, sold 1893, no.231, pl.VII-3); Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris)(sold 1911); Jacques SeligmannParis and New York (Paris, January 1912); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York

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