(German, Rhineland or Meuse Valley)
Three Ornamental Plaques
last third of the 12th century
champlevé enamel, gilded copper alloy
1.13 x 6.88 in, each
2.86 x 17.46 cm
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
Enameled in the center and decorated with gilded rosettes on the ends, these plaques display ornamental motifs such as fish scales, floriated scrolls, and lyre-shaped floral volutes. The plaques once adorned the edges of the pediment or gable of a house-shaped reliquary shrine. The colors of the enamel and the copper of both the frame and the original reliquary suggest the divine light that emanates from the holy relics within.