Svanhild

Made: c.1050-1075, Cologne?, Germany, owned by Svanhild, wife of Ernest the Brave

Current Location: Stiftskirche, Melk, Austria

Dimensions and Materials: 17 x 31 x 13cm; green porphyry, walrus ivory, silver, bronze gilt

Iconography: Angels, lamb, hand of God, four evangelist symbols, two saints (one Cyriacus); scenes from life of Christ; [Crucifixion?]; Christ among doctors, Christ baptism, entry into Jerusalem, Last Supper

Inscriptions: IHESV CHRISTE TVI MISTERIA CORPORIS ALMI / DA SVMENDA NOBIS ET CLEMENS SACRA CRVORIS; HOC ALTARE DEO SVONEHILD DEVOTA BENIGNO [OSSIB]VS E[T]…[RELI]QVIE SCI CLAVDENTVR QVO CIRCIACI ILLIVS VT M[ERITIS PAX]…DETVR CRIMINE…[PLENIS]

Bibliography: Budde 1998, Nr.20; De Fleury 1887; Favreau 2003; Gründler 1976; Lasko 1994

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