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Foot of Cross

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Four-sided pyramidal base with a central round socket and claw feet, one of which is integral (the other three attached with rivets). Cast, chased and gilded. The openwork decoration comprises wide flat tendrils marked by three parallel lines forming a heart-shaped design in each corner. Two...

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1882, possibly Stoobants, Belgium [see note 1]. Count Hans Johann Nepomuk von Wilczek (b. 1837 - d. 1922), Kreuzenstein, Austria. 1933, Silberman Galleries, New York; May 8, 1933, sold by Silberman to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N3116); June 8, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 49, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949) NOTES: [1] See "L'Art ancien a l'exposition nationale," Reusens 1882, fig. 6, p. 7.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

Lower Saxony, Medieval, second half of 12th century

Object Place

Lower Saxony


7 x 8.2 x 7.7 cm (2 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilded latten (87.4% copper, 6.2% zinc, 2.9% tin, 3.5% lead)