Stavelot Triptych

Stavelot Triptych

Stavelot Triptych

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The Stavelot Triptych is a medieval reliquary and portable altar in gold and enamel intended to protect, honor and display pieces of the True Cross. on Corsair, the Online Catalog of The Morgan Library & Museum. Last accessed 23 October 2010. on the Christian Iconography website of J. Richard Stracke, emeritus professor of English at Augusta State University. Last accessed 23 October 2010. Created by Mosan artists—"Mosan" signifies the valley of the Meuse river—around 1156 at Stavelot Abbey in present-day Belgium. The work is a masterpiece of Romanesque goldsmith's work and is today in The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

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The Stavelot Triptych is a three-part winged shrine; with the wings open its dimensions are in height by in width. In such a triptych, the outer wings protect (when swung shut) the middle section, which contains two smaller triptychs, each containing pieces of the True Cross.<ref...
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