Plaque with Seated Prophet from a Reliquary Shrine: Heliseus (Elisha)

c. 1170–1180
Overall: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.3 cm (3 7/16 x 2 5/16 x 1/8 in.)
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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.
Plaque with Seated Prophet from a Reliquary Shrine: Heliseus (Elisha)

Plaque with Seated Prophet from a Reliquary Shrine: Heliseus (Elisha)

c. 1170–1180

Germany, Lower Saxony, Hildesheim, Romanesque period, 12th century

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