Goldene Tafel
Goldene Tafel

Crucifixion enamel (known as the Goldene Tafel), a Byzantine enamel formerly part of either a reliquary or a book cover.

Gold and enamel, first half of the twelfth century, 24.3 cm x 17.5 cm x 0.1 cm, 430 grams.

Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, owned by the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds, Munich.

The enamel formerly belonged to the House of Wittelsbach, the ruling dynasty of Bavaria that was deposed in 1918. In 1934, it probably was in the possession of Rupprecht, the Crown Prince of Bavaria (1869–1955).

 

Reinhold Baumstark, ed., Rom und Byzanz: Schatzkammerstücke aus bayerischen Sammlungen (Munich: Hirmer for Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, 1998), 44, no. 30.

Klaus Wessel, Byzantine Enamels: From the Fifth to the Thirteenth Century (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1968), 16–68, no. 51.