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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.
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