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Pyx

Date:
ca. 1250–1300
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper: engraved and gilt, champlevé enamel: medium blue, red, and white
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 x 3 1/4 x 2 11/16 in. (10.1 x 8.3 x 6.8 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.284
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The coats of arms on this pyx are fictive—they are used simply as a decorative element. They may seem a curious choice for an object meant to hold the bread consecrated as Christ’s body during the mass, but the lines between the religious and worldly realms of the Middle Ages were often blurred.
Michael Friedsam
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350," January 22, 1996–June 16, 1996.

Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 130, p. 372.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 129, p. 372.

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