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Gemellion (Hand Basin) with the Arms of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

Date:
ca. 1250–1275
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper: formed, engraved, gilt; champlevé enamel: medium blue, turquoise, and white
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 1 3/8 in. (22.5 x 23.5 x 3.5 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.56.8
  • Description

    This gemellion, or enamel basin, testifies to the dialogue between the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem and the Limousin region of France, renowned for its enamel production. The arms of that kingdom, a large cross surrounded by small crosses, appear at the center of the bowl. Four men armed with shields and clubs separated by three-towered castles fill the outer circle. Originally part of a pair, the bowl was used to pour water over the hands from the small “gargoyle” or animal-head spout set into the side.

  • Provenance

    [ Joseph Altounian, Maçon and Paris (sold 1929)]; Brummer Gallery, New York (1929–sold 1949); Joseph Brummer Collection sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (April 20-23, 1949, no. 720)

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