Relief of Christ

French (Limoges)
about 1210
Made at Limoges (France)

Object Place: Europe, Limoges, France


18.3 x 15.5 x 2.1 cm (7 3/16 x 6 1/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

Not On View





Frontal crucified Christ wearing a dalmatic and alb. A single copper sheet, cut out, repoussé (into a mold), champlevé, engraved, chased, enameled, and gilded. There is one pinhole in each hand. The eyes are dark-blue glass; the crown, inset with small beads of the same blue glass, is separate. The hole in the center of the belt probably held a cabochon. Enamel colors are lapis blue, green, red, and yellow in single and mixed fields of two colors. Christ’s centrally parted wavy hair falls over the shoulder. Only the bottom of the alb (green with red dots) and its gilded cuffs, engraved to show folds, are visible below the lapis-blue dalmatic, which falls in two vertical rows of V-shaped folds, marked in reserve. It has a tied belt engraved with a simple wave pattern that continues down the front in two bands. The collar is green with circular and lozenge-shaped areas of red and yellow simulating gems.


By 1935, Robert Woods Bliss (b. 1875 - d. 1962), Washington, D.C.; March 17, 1937, sold by Bliss to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N4045); April 23, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 712a, to the MFA for $275. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund