Schnütgen II

Green porphyry and enamel altar
Photo: Museum Schnütgen, Cologne, Germany
Image copyright: Museum Schnütgen, Cologne, Germany

Made: c.1170-1180, Cologne, Germany, artist and patron unknown

Current Location: Museum Schnütgen, Cologne, Germany

Dimensions and Materials: 20.5 x 31.5 x 13cm; serpentine/green porphyry, champleve enamel, vernis brun, copper, gold

Iconography: Abel and Melchisedech, evangelist symbols; Christ and twelve apostles; Virgin Mary; prophets

Inscriptions: QVICQVID IN ALTARI PVNCTATVR SPIRITVALI / ILLVD IN ALTARI COMPLETVR MATERIALI / ARA CRVCIS TVMVLIQ[VE] CALIX LAPIDISQ[VE] PATENA / SINDONIS OFFICIVM CANDIDA / BISSVS HABET / IOHANNES MARC ABEL MATHEVS LVCAS MEHIS / ABACVS SALEMON IONAS / IACOBVS IVDAS PETRVS ANDREAS PHILIPPVS SYMON C / IEREMIAS DAVID YSAIAS / BARTHOLOMS MATHEVS IOHANNES IACOBVS THOMAS BARNABAS / ABEL M[ELC]HIS[EDECH]

Bibliography: Bock 1862; Budde 1998, Nr.62; Corblet 1886; De Fleury 1887; Favreau 2003; Lasko 1994

Website: https://museenkoeln.de/portal/bild-der-woche.aspx?bdw=2003_34