French / Tabernacle of Cherves / ca. 1220-1230French
Tabernacle of Cherves
ca. 1220-1230

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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Name-CRT: French
Title: Tabernacle of Cherves
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Creation Start Date: 1220
Creation End Date: 1230
Creation Date: ca. 1220-1230
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Enamels-Champlevé
Materials and Techniques: Copper (plaques): engraved, scraped, stippled, and gilt; (appliqués): repoussé, chased, engraved, scraped, and gilt; champlevé enamel: medium blue, turquoise, medium green, yellow, red, and white
Dimensions: 30 11/16 x 18 1/8 x 9 13/16 in. (78 x 46 x 25 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.190.735
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

The tabernacle is the most celebrated of the objects found at Cherves in 1896, near the site of a ruined priory of the Grandmont order at Gandory. The accomplished openwork medallions depict events following the Crucifixion, including the Holy Women at the tomb on Easter Sunday (center left) and the Doubting of Thomas (upper right). With their strong emphasis on the physical Christ, these scenes are most appropriate for this cupboard for storing the bread of the Eucharist. It is one of only two tabernacles of Limoges work to survive.

AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.735
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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