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Devotional Plaquette with the Adoration of the Magi
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Devotional Plaquette with the Adoration of the Magi


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Description This is an "image de chevet" (literally, an image hung at or near the head of a bed): a devotional image that one saw first thing in the morning and just before going to bed. The intent was to provide an inspirational reference that begins and ends the day, here wise leaders from the far reaches of the world and of different races paying homage to Christ's divinity. The technique of working with enamel painted on copper is characteristic of Limoges, but the composition and the rounded, compact figures reflect French manuscript illumination of the period.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/21/1961Treatmentcleaned; coated
1/21/1963Treatmentcleaned; coated
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
1485-1495 (Early Modern)
Medium
painted enamel on copper; gilded copper frame
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.439
Measurements
9 7/16 x 5 5/16 x 13/16 in. (24 x 13.5 x 2 cm)
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