Plaque “Wise Virgin”

ca. 1180

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

The standing young woman is tilting her head, which was cast separately and applied to the base, to the left. The plaque is part of a larger series which focused on the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1–13). The Wise Virgin, dressed in precious robes, is holding a filled oil lamp with a red glowing wick in her right hand. Other than the Foolish Virgin, who did not bring enough oil, she is prepared to join the bridegroom (Christ) to the marriage feast. This parable was very popular in Romanesque and Gothic ecclesiastical art. The purpose of this plaque was probably to decorate a retable or a reliquary shrine.

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  • Title: Plaque “Wise Virgin”
  • Date Created: ca. 1180
  • Location: France, Limoges
  • Subject Keywords: Metal
  • Type: Metal Plaque
  • Rights: Photo: © MAK/Tamara Pichler
  • Medium: Metal
  • Material and Technology: Copper, champlevé enamel, gilding
  • Manufacturer: Anonymous
  • Inventory Number: EM 427