Two plaques with angels, Museum nos. 6816 & 6817-1860

Two plaques with angels
Gilded copper with champlevé enamel and cloisonné details
Inscribed in Latin, 'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth' and 'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God'
Rhineland (Germany), probably Cologne
About 1160-70
Museum nos. 6816 & 6817-1860

These concave plaques are both carefully shaped to fit into the space between two arches along the side of a saint's shrine. They would have formed part of a series of angels, each holding a text from the Beatitudes, the sermon given by Jesus at the start of his ministry.