Sep 15, 2009
Sep 15, 2009

Plaque: Seated Prophet from a Reliquary Shrine: Esais (Isaiah)

Plaque: Seated Prophet from a Reliquary Shrine: Esais (Isaiah)

c. 1170–1180

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Gilded copper, champlevé enamel

Overall: 9 x 5.7 x 0.3 cm (3 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1950.574.a


Once used as decorations for a reliquary shrine, each enamel plaque represents a biblical prophet: Isaiah, Zacharias, Elisha, and Hosea. Fine gold dots punctuate dark blue backgrounds. Typical of Hildesheim enamels, this detailing creates the illusion that the prophets sit against star-studded twilight skies.

See also
MED - Romanesque
Medieval Art
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