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Processional Cross

Date:
1479
Geography:
Made in Umbria, Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Basse taille enamel, silver, silver-gilt, niello, copper-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 7/8 x 7 3/16 x 3/8 in. (35.2 x 18.3 x 1 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Basse taille
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.503
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Dated to 1479 by an inscription, this cross displays the insignia of the order of Saint Bernardine of Siena (d. 1444) on the central axis, and depicts Franciscan saints—Catherine of Siena, Clare, Saint Francis, Bernardine of Siena, and Louis of Toulouse—on the terminals.
J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
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