Roundel with Basilisks

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

Object Place: Europe, Limoges, France


Overall (diameter): 93 mm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

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Round plaque with enameled border, gilded openwork center, and four attachment holes. Hammered, champlevé, engraved, repoussé, cut out, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, turquoise, white, and red. Two basilisks chased with scales, one on top of the other, bite each other’s necks. On the border white enamel bands outline overlapping arches whose grounds are filled alternately with lapis blue and turquoise enamel. The smaller turquoise arches contain two engraved gilded leaves, while the larger lapis-blue arches surround engraved gilded palmettes with red enamel between the leaves.


About 1946/1947, Prince Anton Juritzky, Paris; sold by Juritzky to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1947, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $350. (Accession Date: May 8, 1947)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fond