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Tri-Lobed Arch from a Reliquary Shrine

Artist:
Nicholas of Verdun and Cologne Followers
Date:
ca. 1200
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Champlevé enamel on gilded copper
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/4 x 11 x 1/8 in. (10.8 x 27.9 x 0.3 cm)
band width: 1 1/16 x 1/8 in. (2.7 x 0.3 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.148
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
A massive, golden shrine in Cologne Cathedral contains relics believed to be of
the biblical Three Kings who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to
the infant Jesus. The relics were acquired in Milan in 1164, and the goldsmith
Nicholas of Verdun was commissioned to create one of the most ambitious
reliquaries in Europe. This tiny arch, which comes from this important shrine,
was removed during nineteenth-century restorations.
Count Grégoire Stroganoff, Rome; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (until 1941)
Muñoz, Antonio. Pièces de Choix de la Collection du comte Grégoire Stroganoff à Rome: Volume 2, Moyen-Âge – Renaissance – Époque Moderne. Rome: Imprimerie de l'Unione Editrice, 1912. p. 214, pl. CLIV.

Rubinstein-Bloch, Stella. Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York: Volume 3, Works of Art, Mediaeval and Renaissance. Paris: A. Lévy, 1926. pl. IX.

Loan Exhibition of Religious Art for the Benefit of the Basilique of the Sacré-Cœur of Paris, at the galleries of Jacques Seligmann & Company, Inc., March-April 1927. New York: Jacques Seligmann & Co., 1928. pls. XXVII–XXVIII.

Hoffmann, Konrad, ed. The Year 1200: A Centennial Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970. no. 192, pp. 185-186.

Verdier, Philippe. "Emaux mosans et rheno-mosans dans les collections des États-Unis." Revue belge d'archéologie et d'histoire de l'art 44 (1975). pp. 79–80.

Bagnoli, Martina, Holger A. Klein, C. Griffith Mann, and James Robinson, ed. Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe. Cleveland, Baltimore, and London: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2010. p. 158, fig. 62.

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