Made in Limoges / Central Plaque of a Cross / ca. 1185?1195Made in Limoges
Central Plaque of a Cross
ca. 1185?1195

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Dates/Places: French
Creator Active Place: Limoges, France
Creator Name-CRT: Made in Limoges
Title: Central Plaque of a Cross
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1185
Creation End Date: 1195
Creation Date: ca. 1185?1195
Creation Place: Made in Limoges
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Gilded copper with champlevé enamel
Dimensions: 14 5/8 x 11 13/16 in. (37.2 x 30 cm)
Description: Although its provenance is unknown, this plaque from a cross is closely allied in style, palette, and execution to works created especially for the Abbey of Grandmont, its dependencies, and religious communities with patrons in common. The rose-colored face of Christ, his chalk-white torso with fine lines of gilded copper that articulate the interior and exterior lines of his body, and the knee-length deep-blue loincloth link the cross to a small number of others associated with Grandmontain communities. Its wealth, due in part to the patronage of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, the abbey was an important client of the enameling workshops in nearby Limoges during the second half of the twelfth century.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.190.409a
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.409a
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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