Plaque with Marking of the Door with the Letter Tau


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

The image here had its origin in the Passover, when Moses ordered the elders of Israel to mark the houses of the Israelites with the blood of a slain lamb to protect their households. For Christians, the tau came to be seen as an emblem of God's protection. In the enamel, the mark is placed on a building resembling a medieval church, with a prominent cross on the roof.

Plaque with Marking of the Door with the Letter Tau, Champlevé enamel, copper alloy, gilt, German

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