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Casket or Portable Altar with the Crucifixion, Standing Saints, and Christ in Majesty with Symbols of the Evangelists

Date:
ca. 1100–1150
Culture:
North German or Danish
Medium:
Champlevé enamel, copper alloy, gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 x 7 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. (10.2 x 20 x 13.9 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.401
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Several related caskets functioned as cross bases with sockets for accommodating a crucifix. This example may have originally served the same purpose, but it was perhaps later adapted as a portable altar.
[ Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc., Paris and New York (sold 1901)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1901–1913)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.

Falke, Otto von. Deutsche Schmelzarbeiten des Mittelalters, und andere Kunstwerkeder Kunst-Historischen Ausstellung zu Düsseldorf, 1902. Frankfurt: Joseph Baer & Co., 1904. pp. 113–14, fig. 41, ill. p. 107.

Falke, Otto von, Robert Schmidt, and Georg Swarzenski. Der Welfenschatz: Der Reliquienschatz des Braunschweiger Domes aus dem Besitze des herzoglichen Hauses Braunschweig-Lüneburg. Frankfurt: Frankfurter Verlags Anstalt, 1930. pp. 73–74.

Steingräber, Erich. "Email." Reallexikon zur Deutschen Kunstgeschichte 5 (1959). p. 28.

Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 39, pp. 88-9, 255.

Parker, Elizabeth C. The Descent from the Cross: Its Relation to the Extra-Liturgical "Depositio" Drama. Outstanding dissertations in the fine arts. New York: Garland Publishing, 1978. pp. 167-68, fig. 132, pl. LXXIII.

Stratford, Neil. Catalogue of Medieval Enamels in the British Museum: Volume 2, Northern Romanesque Enamel. London: British Museum Press, 1993. p. 111, pl. 162.



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