Plaque with the Crucifixion

A work made of gilt copper, champlevé enamel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gilt copper, champlevé enamel.

Date:

1200/10

Artist:

French; Limoges

About this artwork

This plaque was probably once part of a casket or tabernacle. It was produced by the specialized workshops for enamel objects in Limoges, France. Here Christ on the cross is flanked by the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist. The Christ’s central importance is signaled by his larger size and by the fact that his is the only figure fully modeled in the round rather than engraved into the copper support. The imagery on tabernacles that survive intact (notably in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) suggests that plaque would have originally been surmounted by another depicting the Ascension of Christ into heaven.

On View

Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Gallery 236

Artist

Limoges Pottery and Porcelain Factories

Title

Plaque with the Crucifixion

Origin

Limoges

Date

1200–1250

Medium

Gilt copper, champlevé enamel

Dimensions

18.1 × 16.5 cm (7 1/8 × 6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1943.79

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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