Germany, Weserraum, late 8th century / Medallion with the Bust of Christ ("The Cumberland Medallion") / late 700sGermany, Weserraum, late 8th century
Medallion with the Bust of Christ ("The Cumberland Medallion")
late 700s

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: Germany, Weserraum, late 8th century
Title: Medallion with the Bust of Christ ("The Cumberland Medallion")
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 775
Creation End Date: 799
Creation Date: late 700s
Creation Place: Weserraum
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Enamel
Materials and Techniques: cloisonn├ę enamel and gold on copper
Dimensions: Diameter: 5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1930.504
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: House of Brunswick-L├╝neburg; (Goldschmidt Galleries, New York).
Context: This is the earliest object from the Guelph Treasure, the ecclesiastical treasure of the Cathedral of Braunschweig, in Germany. Other objects from this treasure may be seen in the museum's Rotunda. The medallion may have originally been worn by a priest as a brooch. It represents the figure of Christ between the Greek letters alpha and omega, indicating the beginning and the end of life.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1930.504
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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