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Vessel Cover

ca. 830–850
Silver, partial gilt, niello
Overall: 2 9/16 x 4 1/2 in. (6.5 x 11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Adorned with hunting scenes surrounded by a scrolling acanthus vine, this restored lid is a rare surviving example of secular goldsmiths’ work from the Carolingian period. Similar subjects are found on contemporary ivory carvings and in illuminated manuscripts.
[ Galerie A. Imbert, Rome (sold 1910)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1910–1913)
Wamers, Egon. "Karolingische Silverbecher: Ein Beispiel sakraler Goldschmiedekunst." GZ: Goldschmiede und Uhrmacher Zeitung 88 (1990). pp. 28-31.

Wamers, Egon. "Pyxides imaginatae zur Ikonographie und Funktion Karolingischer Silberbecker." Germania: Korrespondenzblatt der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission des Kaiserl; Archäologischen Instituts 69, no. 1 (1991).

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