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Archangel Gabriel
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Archangel Gabriel


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Description This plaque along with its companion (Walters 44.629) once adorned a bishop's miter. Other plaques might have included figures which were also part of the deesis row of an iconostasis: Christ enthroned, John the Baptist, and the Mother of God. The archangels are rendered in high relief repoussé and applied to the plaques with small flanges. Their mantles are covered in transparent enamel, one emerald green and one blue. The freely executed floral motif on the skirts of the saints' vestments and around the borders, as well as the pink, green, and black color combination, are frequently seen in other objects created at the turn of the 18th century. The wings of the archangels, their haloes, and the border ornament, not covered with enamel, are all finely chased.
Exhibitions
  • Russian Enamels. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
Provenance Zolotnitsky [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Leon Grinberg, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1952, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1952

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Period
late 17th century
Medium
gold, "en ronde bosse" and painted enamel
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.628
Measurements
H: 3 7/16 x W: 2 3/16 in. (8.8 x 5.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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