Overall: 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1/16 in. (13.4 x 13.4 x 0.2 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Not on view
The medieval metalworker's craft was often closely allied to the draftsman's art, a relationship that was particularly strong in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In this work, calligraphic metal surfaces float against colorful enameled backgrounds, much as drawing and painting interact in manuscripts. A sketch of a head on the reverse of this piece suggests that artists worked out compositions in a graphic mode before attempting completed designs.
J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
Artist: Date: ca. 1180–90 Accession Number: 17.190.514 Date: ca. 1180–90Medium: Copper: engraved, chiseled, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark, medium, and light blue; turquoise, dark and light green, yellow, red, and white; wood core, painted red on exteriorAccession: 17.190.514On view in:Gallery 304