Eagle Attacking a Fish (one of five medallions from a coffret)

Date: ca. 1110–30

Geography: Made in Conques, France

Culture: French

Medium: Copper-gilt, champlevé enamel

Dimensions: Overall: 3 9/16 x 9/16 in. (9 x 1.5 cm)
Overall (with nail tangs): 3 15/16 x 9/16 in. (10 x 1.5 cm)

Classification: Enamels-Champlevé

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.689

Description

The blue and green beasts, locked in battle and compressed into the circular medallion, are emblematic of goldsmith work created at Conques under the patronage of Abbot Boniface (r. 1107–after 1121). On a similar box still at Conques, an inscription proudly proclaims: “In all respects, the coffrets of Conques demonstrate brilliant workmanship.”

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