Pyx

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


Object Place: Europe, Limoges, France

Dimensions

Overall: 9.5 x 6.9cm (3 3/4 x 2 11/16in.) Other (Overall): 6.9cm (2 11/16in.)

Accession Number

15.322

Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

On View

I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Enamels

Round container, enameled and gilded outside and gilded inside, with a conical lid, a knob on top, hinge, and clasp. The bottom is attached by six mortise-and-tenon joints; the seams of the lid and body are aligned with the hinge. The copper plaques are bent and soldered, champlevé, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, turquoise, and white in single fields. Against a lapis-blue ground, white medallions with the monogram of Christ (three on the lid and four on the bottom) alternate with heart-shaped tendrils surrounding five-petaled palmettes in reserve on a turquoise ground. The monogram IHS with an abbreviation mark above and gilded cross below is in its proper form in the upper medallions but is inverted SHI on the body. Gilded bands with double rows of engraved dots frame the enamel fields.

Provenance

1889, Johann Bossard, Lucerne. By 1915, with Horatio G. Curtis; 1915, gift of Horatio G. Curtis. (Accession date: April 1, 1915)

Credit Line

Gift of Horatio Greenough Curtis