This elaborate, enameled plaque was once attached to the cover of a Gospel book or a lectionary, a manuscript containing passages from the four Gospels arranged to be read throughout the year. At the center, Christ is flanked by the Virgin and St. John. Adam’s skull, below, symbolizes the salvation of mankind through Christ’s crucifixion on Golgotha, the reputed site of Adam’s grave.

Anonymous (French)

13th century (Medieval)

champlevé enamel on copper with gilding and gem stones

12 7/16 x 8 1/4 x 1 in. (31.6 x 20.9 x 2.5 cm)