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Plaque with Bishop Saint

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A mandorla-shaped plaque with six pinholes. Hammered, champlevé, engraved, enameled, and gilded. The enamel colors are lapis blue, azure blue, light blue, turquoise, and red in single and mixed fields of up to three colors. The standing, nimbed bishop, engraved and in reserve, is placed...

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Possibly a Viennese collection [see note 1]. 1950, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1950, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $2,500 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: January 12, 1950) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the curatorial file. [2] The MFA acquired accession nos. 50.2, 50.3, and 50.4 together.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

French (Limoges), Medieval, first quarter of the 13th century

Object Place

Limoges, France


14.7 x 8.8 cm (5 13/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper