Relief of Christ Enthroned

French (Limoges)
second quarter of 13th century
Made at Limoges (France)

Object Place: Europe, France


8.3 x 4.2 x 1.3 cm (3 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

Not On View





Seated figure in low relief; two pinholes. Single copper sheet, cut out, repoussé, champlevé, chased, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are white, yellow, and lapis blue in single fields. The crown with a central protruding cross and blue enamel band is attached; the eyes are inlaid with light-blue stones. Draped in a tunic with a yellow collar and a pallium with engraved folds, the seated Christ lifts his right arm in benediction and raises a closed white book, close to his side, in his left hand. His hair falls close to the head. The feet rest on a crosshatched crescent.


1949, French and Company, New York; 1949, sold by French and Co. to the MFA for $100. (Accession Date: November 10, 1949)

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund