Plaque from a reliquary casket, Museum no. CIRC.406-1921

Plaque from a reliquary casket
Gilded copper with champlevé enamel
Limoges, France
About 1200-50
Museum no. CIRC.406-1921

It was common for the end of a reliquary casket to show apostles or saints. Here the figure is gilded and set against a coloured ground. This indicates a slightly later date than the earlier technique of showing an enamelled figure against a gold background.