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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Dates/Places: Florence, Italy
Creator Name-CRT: Italian (Florence)
Title: Processional Cross
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1460
Creation End Date: 1480
Creation Date: 15th century (ca. 1460-80)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Niello
Materials and Techniques: Silver, partly gilded; niello; copper with traces of gilding over wood
Dimensions: 21 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. (55.2 x 32.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.190.499
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Inscriptions on the back of this object indicate that it served as the repository for a relic believed to be a fragment of the True Cross and that it is thought to have been made for a convent of the Poor Clares, probably in Florence. It is an extraordinary example of Florentine Renaissance metalwork, incorporating within its silver-gilt frame a series of twenty silver plaques with nielloed scenes depicting the Passion of Christ and various saints.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.499
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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