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Figure of a Deacon
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Figure of a Deacon


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Description This relief figure resembles a statuette now in the church of Les Billanges (western France). Both figures hold a rectangular object upright against their chest that has been identified as a reliquary of the True Cross, representing that sent to the nearby Abbey of Grandmont by King Amaury of Jerusalem (r. 1162-74). Like the French statuette, this example was part of a monument that once graced the church of Grandmont, perhaps a monumental cross or an altar frontal. Grandmont was a religious foundation established by St. Stephen of Muret (ca. 1044-1125). A number of enamels survive from the main church and its dependencies.
Conservation

Cleaned to reduce dirt and grime.

Date Description Narrative
4/09/2016TreatmentCleaned
Exhibitions
  • Reliquaries and Ritual: Medieval Objects of Devotion. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2001-2002.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2002-2005.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Creator
Period
1230-1239 (Medieval)
Medium
gilded copper (repoussé, engraved, and chased), champlevé enamel
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.18
Measurements
H: 5 1/8 x W: 2 3/16 in. (13 x 5.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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