Reliquary Casket with Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Reliquary Casket with Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Date ca. 1150

Movement Mature Romanesque

Medium Champlevé enamel on gilt copper

Dimensions 4.875 x 7.5 x 3.125″

Housed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

This piece was likely to have been made in Limoges—a city known for its enamel-making–and is thought to have contained the relics of St. Martial. The areas of flat color that compose the Evangelist symbols and foliage hearken back to Medieval metalworks.