May 12, 2008

Quatrilobed Plaque: The Descent from the Cross

Quatrilobed Plaque: The Descent from the Cross

c. 1350-1400

Part of a set. See all set records

Translucent enamel (basse-taille) on silver

Overall: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1922.312.2


These plaques were probably originally placed at the end of the arms of a processional cross. They are decorated in an enameling technique called basse-taille in which colorful translucent enamel pastes are fused over an engraved and chased silver plaque.

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