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Morse with Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

mid-14th century
Made in Siena, Italy
Gilded copper, translucent enamel, silver, parchment, glass gems
Overall: 5 1/16 x 5 1/16 x 1 9/16 in. (12.9 x 12.9 x 4 cm)
Rock Crystal center: 2 11/16 x 3/8 in. (6.9 x 1 cm)
Enamels-Basse taille
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This morse, used to fasten a priest's robe at the neck, combines the arts of the goldsmith and the illuminator. Under the rock crystal is an image of Saint Francis, painted on parchment. According to his legend, Saint Francis received the marks of Jesus' wounds from his Crucifixion as he knelt in prayer.
Sigismond Bardac, Paris; Georges Hoentschel (French); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500," November 25, 2008–April 12, 2009.

Pératé, André. Collections Georges Hoentschel: Émaux du XIIe au XVe siècle. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1911. no. 78, fig. XLIX.

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