Roundel with a Personification of the Moon


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

This plaque is one of the earliest known examples of the cloisonné-enamel technique in the West. The moon (luna) is symbolically represented here as a female sky goddess riding in a chariot and holding torches. The plaque originally would have been accompanied by another, with an image of the sun, both probably framing a large crucifix.

Roundel with a Personification of the Moon, Cloisonné enamel, Copper alloy, gilding,  iron back plate, Carolingian

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