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Cross Fragment of the Mourning Virgin
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Cross Fragment of the Mourning Virgin

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This finely worked plaque of the Virgin was originally placed on the left arm of a very large cross. The outer border has decorative characters resembling Arabic known as pseudo-Kufic script. A nearly identical psuedo-kufic border is found on a enamel plaque in London (Victoria and Albert Museum). The two plaques are thought to be from the same cross. The London plaque has an inscription quoting a little known text on St. Stephen of Muret, founder of the Order of Grandmont. This inscription suggests that these plaques were made under the auspices of the Abbey of Grandmont, one of the most influential patrons of Limoges enamellers in the early 13th century.
Date Description Narrative
11/13/1979Examinationexamined for condition
  • An Exhibition of the Treasures of The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York. 1967.
  • The Year 1200. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1970.
  • Calligraphy in the Arts of the Muslim World. Asia House Gallery, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis. 1979.
  • Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling. 2016.
Provenance Collection Chappée, Le Mans (?); Brimo De Laroussilhe, Paris, by purchase; Henri Daguerre, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Maker's mark] M on the reverse
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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1210-1220 (Medieval)
champlevé enamel on gilded copper, glass
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H: 10 3/8 x W: 6 1/2 x D: 1 3/8 in. (26.4 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm)


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