Central Plaque of a Cross

Date:
ca. 1185–95
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper: engraved, stippled, gilt; champlevé enamel: dark and light blue, translucent dark and opaque medium green, yellow, translucent and opaque red, rose, and white
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 3/4 in. (37.4 x 29.8 x 1.9 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.409a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The rose-colored face of Christ, his chalk-white torso with fine lines of gilded copper that articulate the interior and exterior lines of his body, and the knee-length deep-blue loincloth link this cross to a small number of others associated with the abbey at Grandmont.
Inscription: inscribed: I H S X P S at top of cross (Christ).
Alfred André (French), Paris (sold 1910); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1910–1913)
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