Plaque with Standing Christ

French (Limoges)
first third of 13th century
Made at Limoges (France)

Object Place: Europe, Limoges, France


12.4 x 9 x 0.16 cm (4 7/8 x 3 9/16 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel on copper

Not On View





Mandorla-shaped plaque with eight pinholes. Hammered, champlevé, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, turquoise, light blue, white, yellow, green, and red in single and mixed fields of three colors. Christ, engraved and in reserve, stands full face with open palms on a lapis-blue ground. His green halo, with red dots and yellow border, contains a gilded cross. Within an inner turquoise and an outer hatched reserved border, the lapis-blue ground has reserved crosses and four discs (the lower two with reserved rosettes and the upper two in reserve with enameled quatrefoils of red, light blue, and white). Two hands are engraved on the reverse.


Until 1884, Alfred Greenough (b. 1843/44 - d. 1884), Milton, MA; 1884, by inheritance to his uncle, Charles H. Parker (b. 1817/18 - d. 1908); 1885, gift of Charles H. Parker to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 4, 1885)

Credit Line

Alfred Greenough Collection