Enamel plaque

Enamel plaque

Enamel plaque
Limoges, France
About 1250
Museum no. M.104-1945

This enamel plaque shows three men being resurrected from the dead on the Day of Judgement. It probably came from a larger enamelled object showing Christ's crucifixion, which is referred to in the Latin inscription along the bottom of the plaque. Around the other edges, a border of pseudo-Kufic has been engraved into the copper. This pairing of a border decoration derived from Arabic with a strongly Christian scene may reflect an appreciation of Islamic luxury arts in French church or noble treasuries.