The inscription on this plaque refers to the epistles Paul addressed to the various early Christian communities (Romans, Corinthians, Philippians) among whom he traveled. Other related plaques, now dispersed, probably decorated a large casket or liturgical furnishing. The refined drawing has close parallels in English manuscripts.
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Title:Plaque with Saint Paul and His Disciples
Medium:Champlevé enamel, copper
Dimensions:Overall: 3 3/8 x 4 15/16 x 1/16 in. (8.5 x 12.6 x 0.2 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Inscription: (Enameled, along central banner): Ad . ROMANOS / Ad . CHORINT; [CHORINTHOS] Ad . / PHILIPPENSES (To the Romans, to the Corinthians, to the Philippians [referring to the epistles Paul addressed in the various early Christian communities, among whom he traveled])
Sigismond Bardac, Paris; Georges Hoentschel (French); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
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