Limoges rectangular parcel-gilt and enamelled reliquary casket

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Limoges, France
Late 13th century
Enamelling technique Champlevé, Gilt copper
19 x 23 x 9.5 cm

Catalogue des sculptures, tableaux, tapis etc. formant la collection d'objects d'art du Musée van Stolk. La Haye, Martinus Nijhof, 1912, p. 85, no. 450.

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The hinged triangular lid is surmounted by an arched gable with pierced fleur-de-lys and bun finials, the body is decorated overall with roundels containing half-length figures of winged angels.

This gabled architectural form was one of the most popular types of reliquary produced by the Limoges enamellers, and the roundels here with the half-length figures of angels was a favoured motif. A smilar example is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


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