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  • Plaque with Personification of the Moon, 860–90
    Southern France
    Copper alloy, iron, and cloisonné enamel; Overall 3 3/8 x 1/4 in. (8.6 x 0.6 cm)
    Inscribed in Latin: luna
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.688)

    This plaque is one of the earliest known examples of the cloisonné-enamel technique in the West. The moon (luna) is symbolically represented here as a female sky goddess riding in a chariot and holding torches. The plaque originally would have been accompanied by another, with an image of the sun, both probably framing a large crucifix.

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  • Plaque with Personification of the Moon, 860–90
    Southern France
    Copper alloy, iron, and cloisonné enamel; Overall 3 3/8 x 1/4 in. (8.6 x 0.6 cm)
    Inscribed in Latin: luna
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.688)


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