Plaque with Seated Prophet from a Reliquary Shrine: Achapias (Obadiah)

Plaque with Seated Prophet from a Reliquary Shrine: Achapias (Obadiah)

c. 1170-1180

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Gilded copper, champlevé enamel

Overall: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.3 cm (3 1/2 x 2 5/16 x 1/8 in.)

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


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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