Lichtenthal Altar Tabernacle

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Germany, 133-.
Silver gilt, with blue, green, gold and purple basse-taille enamel.
height: 6 1/2 inches (165 mm); width: 7 1/2 inches (191 mm); depth: 5 3/4 inches (137 mm)
AZ048
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Inscribed on top of lid, "commissioned by Sister Greda (i.e., Margaret) Pfrumbon of Speyer in honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ".
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Church of Altotting; Greb, Munich; Count Joseph Arco-Zinneberg, Munich; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1908.
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Tabernacle is decorated with scenes from the life of Christ and the Eucharist. Sister Greda is depicted on the cover in Cistercian robes. The work on this box is considered among the finest and most important created in the Middle Rhine area during the 1300s.
The translucent enamels are executed in basse-taille technique, in blue, green, gold, and purple.
Probably from Speyer in the Middle Rhine area.

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