Plaque, Museum no. 223-1874

Plaque with St Paul Disputing with the Jews
Gilded copper with champlevé enamel
England
About 1170-80
Museum no. 223-1874

This is part of a group of seven surviving plaques telling the story of St Peter and St Paul. The group originally decorated a larger object, possibly an altarpiece or reliquary.

Close links to the English manuscript style identify the group as rare surviving English enamels. The choice of scenes is unusual. This episode appears in Byzantine fresco cycles in Sicily, but was available to English enamellers through contemporary manuscripts.