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Plaque with Beasts

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Rectangular plaque with beaded edges; six pinholes. Hammered, tooled, champlevé, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, turquoise, and light blue in single and mixed fields of two colors. Three lapis-blue rectangles depict a fantastic beast in reserve, engraved and filled with...

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About 1185, the Shrine of Saints Mauritius and Innocentius, Saint Servatius, Siegburg, Germany (original commission); 1902, removed from the shrine by Paul Beumers, Düsseldorf [see note 1]. 1939, B. Geladakis, Paris; August 21, 1939, sold by Geladakis to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P16054); 1947, sold by Joseph Brummer to the MFA for $3650. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947) NOTES: [1] See Hanns Swarzenski and Nancy Netzer, "Medieval Objects in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Enamels and Glass" (Boston, 1980), p. 64, cat. no. 15. Beumers restored several of the shrines in the Treasury of Saint Servatius in 1901-1902 and probably removed it at that time.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

German (Cologne), Medieval, about 1185

Object Place

Cologne, Germany


3 x 8.7 cm (1 3/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper