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Ring Brooch
20.09.2021
Ring Brooch
1250–1300. British or French. This brooch is made of gold, sapphire and garnet. Brooches such as this were among the most frequently made items by jewelers. Simple and repetitive in design, the quality of this jewelry could vary greatly. This is an example of a more finely...
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Pendant Capsule in the Form of a Tau Cross, with the Trinity and the Virgin and Child
19.09.2021
Pendant Capsule in the Form of a Tau Cross, with the Trinity and the Virgin and Child
c. 1485 Made in England. Cast gold with engraving. The Tau cross was associated with St. Anthony and protection against the "fire of St. Anthony," or ergotism caused by the consumption of tainted rye. This beautifully engraved capsule with an inner cavity for an...
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Plaque with Christ Before the High Priest Caiaphas
18.09.2021
Plaque with Christ Before the High Priest Caiaphas
ca. 1150–75 British Walrus Ivory and paint Originally thought to be the missing base tablet of The Cloisters cross, this ivory is one of the closest surviving parallels. Within the city walls of Jerusalem, the bound figure of Christ is led before the high priest Caiaphas...
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Double-Sided Ivory Liturgical Comb with Scenes of Henry II and Thomas Becket
17.09.2021
Double-Sided Ivory Liturgical Comb with Scenes of Henry II and Thomas Becket
ca. 1200–1210 Liturgical crests were used by priests before Mass began. This crest with two scenes from the life of St. Thomas Becket - one showing Henry II appointing him Archbishop of Canterbury and the other his martyrdom - is remarkable for the accuracy of the events...
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Reliquary Pendant with Queen Margaret of Sicily Blessed by Bishop Reginald of Bath
17.09.2021
Reliquary Pendant with Queen Margaret of Sicily Blessed by Bishop Reginald of Bath
An engraved Latin inscription on the back identifies the object: "Bishop Reginald of Bath gives this to Queen Margaret of Sicily. An inscription on the obverse lists the relics once contained beneath the crystal: "From the blood of the holy martyr Thomas. From his vestments...
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Arm-ring
16.09.2021
Arm-ring
Cultures/periods: Vikings Date of production: 10thC Technique: Twisted Materials: Gold An arm ring formed from a pair of twisted round gold rods, with a pair of twisted wires between them (of which a short length is missing at one end), the rods taper slightly to plain...
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Arm-ring
16.09.2021
Arm-ring
Cultures/periods: Vikings Date of production: 876-950 Technique:  Weaving-Binding Armband ring of four gold rods woven together; they have a circular section tapering to the ends, which are bound with gold wire and reduced to a simple biconical knob; one end has split...
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The Cloisters Cross
13.09.2021
The Cloisters Cross
ca. 1150–60 The cross is made of walrus bone. On this elaborately carved cross ninety-two figures and ninety-eight inscriptions represent the elaborate theological program found on the facade of the cathedral. The exceptional quality of the carvings and the copious references...
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Bowl of a Drinking Cup
12.09.2021
Bowl of a Drinking Cup
late 12th century British or Scandinavian This bowl, with its animated nude male figures and dragons woven into the foliage, was most likely part of a secular drinking bowl rather than a ciborium (the vessel in which the Sanctuary is kept) or a chalice for use during Mass, as...
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Queen Chess Piece
11.09.2021
Queen Chess Piece
13th century Scandinavian Few medieval pieces in the form of bishops, kings or queens have survived to this day. The queen was one of the key contributions of medieval Europe to the game of chess as it is known today. Beginning in the twelfth century, queens gradually replaced...
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