Plaque with the Massacre of the Innocents


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

The artist of this plaque used dramatic and distorted postures to convey the horror of the Massacre of the Innocents ordered by King Herod after the birth of Jesus. It comes from a larger ensemble whose form and function is unknown. In style it is close to the plaque with an apostle seen nearby.

Plaque with the Massacre of the Innocents, Champlevé enamel, copper-gilt, German

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