Candlestick with Enthronement Scene

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

This sophisticated candlestick illustrates various scenes celebrating the sovereign’s power over both earth and cosmos: images of the planets appear alongside scenes of him slaying a lion and enjoying a royal feast. His authority becomes most evident in the enthronement scene. Here, a bearded figure bends to kiss the ruler’s right hand, alluding to the obligation of kissing the sovereign’s hand or the floor before him. This courtly display of obeisance demonstrated the ruler’s supremacy and the loyalty of his subjects.

#605. Candlestick with Enthronement Scene

Candlestick with Enthronement Scene, Brass; engraved, incised, inlaid with silver

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