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Knop from Altar Cross

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Openwork vegetal and animal ornament forming a four-sided object with conical projections at the top and bottom, the upper projection having a rectangular opening to receive the flange extending from an altar cross and the lower projection pierced with three holes for attachment to a base (for...

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Dr. Albert Figdor (b. 1843 - d. 1927), Vienna; June 11-13, 1930, posthumous Figdor sale, Cassirer, Berlin, lot 381. 1933, Galerie Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris; July 24, 1933, sold by Brimo de Laroussilhe to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P10021); 1947, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $3800. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947)

Credit Line

1941 Museum Fund

German (Rhineland) or English, Medieval, about 1200

Object Place

Rhineland/Meuse/North Germany, Germany


4.3 x 4.8 cm (1 11/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilded latten (85.3% copper, 8.5% zinc, 5.4% tin, .8% lead)