Condemnation and Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

Condemnation and Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

c. 1180

Gilded copper, champlevé enamel

Overall: 9.6 x 20.8 x 0.2 cm (3 3/4 x 8 3/16 x 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1949.430

Description

Champleve enameling is a process in which the artist carves designs into copper plates, and then powdered glass is applied before firing in a furnace, causing the glass to fuse into enamel. In this case, the copper was then gilded and polished. This type of enameling is still done today, mostly for jewelry and decorative items.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Romanesque
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Enamel

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