Quatrefoil Plaque with Angel holding Instruments of the Passion

Medieval (Gothic)
mid-15th century
Maker Unidentified

Object Place: Europe, France


6.3 x 6.2 cm (2 1/2 x 2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Basse-taille enamel and gilding on silver

Not On View





Thin, roughly cut plaque enameled on both sides. Hammered, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are translucent lapis blue, purple, light gray blue, and deep blue (resulting from a mixture of the lapis-blue and purple glasses).The surface of the silver below the enamel is roughly scored. In the central circle, an angel, holding instruments of the Passion, is in reserve with details engraved and filled with the dark-blue glass of the background. With spread wings following the curve of the circle, the long-haired angel, dressed in a long tunic with wide sleeves, kneels on his left knee and holds a nail in each hand. The quatrefoil shape is defined by a continuous twisted purple band. The back, with shallow hatching in the silver, is covered with gray-blue enamel.


1951, Mathias Komor, New York; 1951, sold by Mathias Komor to the MFA for $150. (Accession Date: December 12, 1957)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund