Jul 1, 2008
Jul 1, 2008

Pair of Plaques (Appliqué)

Pair of Plaques (Appliqué)


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Translucent enamel on gold

Overall: 2 x 3 cm (13/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1946.425

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Enamel can be made opaque or translucent; when translucent, it resembles stained glass, allowing light to pass through.


This oblong plaque is decorated with pseudo-Kufic (fake Arabic) designs indicating that it was produced in Spain under Muslim influence. It may have served as an applied ornament to some article of personal adornment such as a belt. It is possible that the design was inspired by Arabic coinage.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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