Vase with champlevé enamels
Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): France
Medium: Copper alloy, Enamel
Dimensions: 12.3 × 11.8 cm (excluding the mount)
Description: The champlevé enameling technique used to decorate this vase involves making troughs in the surface of a metal object (in this case a copper alloy), filling those troughs with powdered glass, and then firing the object to fuse the enamel to the metal. This example was made around 250–300 in a part of France relatively close to Limoges, a city that rose to prominence roughly 900 years later precisely because of its champlevé enamels.
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 1
Repository and Online Resources: • Learn more about this object on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tags: Artistic production, Roman, Western European