Medallion with Saints Peter and Paul

Italian (Venice)
second half of 13th century


Object Place: Europe, Venice, Italy

Dimensions

2.1 x 1.6 cm (13/16 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

40.730

Medium or Technique

Glass paste

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Glass

Translucent green molded medallion representing the Adoration of the Cross in relief. Flanking the cross, Peter and Paul stand on a groundline with their inner arms raised. Two reversed Ps appear above the figures’ heads. On the left, Paul with a pointed beard holds a sword, the instrument of his Passion, in his right arm. On the right, Peter has short hair and a closely cropped beard and holds keys, the ends of which have been broken off. The nimbi are a continuous line.

Provenance

By 1940, with Kirkor Minassin, New York, NY; 1940, sold by Kirkor Minassian and bought by the MFA through the Samuel Putnam Avery Fund for $25. (Accession date: November 14, 1940)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund