Copper (plaque): engraved, stippled, and gilt; (appliqué): repoussé, engraved, chased, scraped, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark, medium, and light blue; dark translucent and light green, yellow, red and white; blue-black glass beads
Overall: 9 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (24.8 x 13 x 2.9 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This sure-seated rider, possessing all the poise of a great knight, was found before 1890 at Saint-Germain, near Gourdon in southwestern France. His identity and the original function of the plaque are unknown. His bearing has much in common with the kings on horseback from the sacred story depicted in stained glass from the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (24.167a–k) exhibited nearby.
Found at Saint-Germain, near Gourdon (Lot), before 1890.; Louis Greil, Cahors (before 1890; d. 1901); comte Chandon de Briailles, Épernay; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
Rupin, Ernest. L'Oeuvre de Limoges. Paris: Alphonse Picard et Fils, 1890. p. 429, fig. 480.
Hoffmann, Konrad, ed. The Year 1200: A Centennial Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970. no. 82, pp. 76-77.
Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 94, pp. 292-293.
Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 93, pp. 292-293.
Barnet, Peter, and Pete Dandridge, ed. Lions, Dragons, & Other Beasts: Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages, Vessels for Church and Table. New York: Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, 2006. no. 46, p. 185.
Date: ca. 1220–1230Medium: Copper (plaques): engraved, scraped, stippled, and gilt; (appliqués): repoussé, chased, engraved, scraped, and gilt; champlevé enamel: medium blue, turquoise, medium green, yellow, red, and white, modern wood mountAccession: 17.190.735On view in:Gallery 304
Date: ca. 1180–90Medium: Copper: engraved, chiseled, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark, medium, and light blue; turquoise, dark and light green, yellow, red, and white; wood core, painted red on exteriorAccession: 17.190.514On view in:Gallery 304
Date: ca. 1185–1200Medium: Copper (plaque): chased, engraved, stippled, and gilt; (appliqué): repoussé, engraved, chased, scraped, stippled and gilt; champlevé enamel: medium and light blue, turquoise, green, yellow, red, and white; dark blue and turquoise glass beadsAccession: 17.190.779On view in:Gallery 304