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Morse with Apostles and Heraldic Shields
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Morse with Apostles and Heraldic Shields


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Description This morse, or clasp, was once sewn onto a bishop's cope (ceremonial robe). The two heraldic shields, added later, represent the arms of Léon and Castile (left) and England (right). These shields suggest that the clasp was adapted for use on a luxurious cape worn by either Eleanor of Castile (d. 1290) or her husband, King Edward I of England (d. 1307).
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/08/1983Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • A Medieval Treasury from Southern Collections. Ackland Art Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill. 1961.
Provenance Frédéric Spitzer, Paris, by purchase; Sale, Paul Chevallier and Charles Mannheim, April 17, 1893, no. 276; Caspar Bourgeois and Stephen Bourgeois, Cologne; Bourgeois Sale, Cologne, October 19, 1904, no. 395; Henri Daguerre, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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Period
mid 13th century (Medieval)
Medium
champlevé enamel on gilded copper, semiprecious stones
(Metal)
Accession Number
53.49
Measurements
4 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (11.5 x 17.2 cm)
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