French; Limoges / Armorial Gemellion / third quarter of 13th centuryFrench; Limoges
Armorial Gemellion
third quarter of 13th century

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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Dates/Places: French; Limoges
Creator Active Place: Limoges, France
Creator Name-CRT: French; Limoges
Title: Armorial Gemellion
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1250
Creation End Date: 1274
Creation Date: third quarter of 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Copper, engraved and gilded, champlevé enamel
Dimensions: Diam. 9 1/16 in. (23 cm)
Description: This gemellion, or enamel basin , testifies to the dialogue between the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Limousin region of France, renowned for its enamel production. The arms of that kingdom, a large cross surrounded by small crosses, appear at the center of the bowl. Four men armed with shields and clubs separated by three-towered castles surround the arms. Originally part of a pair, the bowl was used to pour water over the hands from the small "gargoyle" or animal-head spout set into the side.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 49.56.8
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1949
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.49.56.8
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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