Cleveland I (Gertrude)

Photo:  Cleveland Museum of Art, United States of America.
Image copyright: CC0 1.0

Made: c.1038-1045, Lower Saxony, Germany, commissioned by Countess Gertrude of Brunswick (d.1077)

Current Location: Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, United States (1931.462)

Dimensions and Materials: 21 x 27.5 x 10.5cm; red porphyry, silver, niello, enamel, pearls, gems, oak

Iconography: Christ flanked by three Apostles on each side; six Apostles around the Virgin; Constantine and Helena adore the True Cross w/ St. Sigismund of Burgundy and St. Adelaide; five archangels with St. Michael at center

Inscriptions: GERDRVDIS CHRISTO FELIX VT / VIVAT IN IPSO / OBTVLIT HVNC LAPIDEM GEMMIS / AVROQVE NITENTEM / SIGISMVNDVS / CONSTAN[T]VS / SANCTA CRVX / SCA ELENA / SCA ADALHEIT

Bibliography: Budde 1998, Nr.13; De Winter 1985; Favreau 2003; Gerry 2010/11; Lasko 1994; Milliken; Palazzo 2008; Smith 2012; Treasures of Heaven Cat. 42 and 43; 1931 Guelph Treasure catalogue

Website: https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1931.462