Germany, Lower Saxony, Hildesheim?, Romanesque period, 12th century
gilded copper, champlevé enamel, Overall: 9.5 x 20.8 x 0.1 cm (3 3/4 x 8 3/16 x 1/16 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1949.430
Champleve enameling is a process in which the artist carves designs into copper plates, and then powdered glass is applied before firing in a furnace, causing the glass to fuse into enamel. In this case, the copper was then gilded and polished. This type of enameling is still done today, mostly for jewelry and decorative items.
Boston, Musuem of Fine Arts, "Arts of the Middle Ages 1000-1400" 1949, no. 255.
Bavarian Nationalmuseum, Munich (5/10/2007 - 9/16/2007), the J. Paul Getty Musuem, Los Angeles (10/30/2007 - 1/20/2008) and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (2/13/2009 - 6/7/2009): "Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures: Medieval Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
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