Reliquary head of the pope Alexandre, Atelier mosan, around 1145 Head: silver regrowth, chiseled and gilded. Base: woodcore, champleve email, brass flowing, chiseled and gilded, cabochons and silver pearls. Feet brass sinks and gilded (both hind feet are restored) Provenance: Saint-Remade Abbey of Stavelot. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium). Made with ReMake and ReCap Pro from AutoDesk.
This reliquary forms a majestic silver head of ancient inspiration resting on a base in the form of a portable altar was consecrated by the abbey Wibald April 13, 1145. According to this dating, the ernaux champleves of the base would be the oldest figurative enamels preserved for the Meuse region. They represent the saints Alexander, Evence and Theodule as well as the personifications of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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