The Hand of God

Date: Late 10th/Early 11th Century

Place of Production: Germany or England

Description: Found in England, this gold and enamel roundel presents the viewer with a vision of the Hand of God pointing downwards – the hand emerges from the blue enamel clouds, separated by a gold cuff. The remainder of the roundel is decorated with green translucent enamel and branches or stem-like elements to the left and right.

Originally it would have probably been one of several such objects decorating a larger object, perhaps a cross, reliquary, or book cover. Similar examples of enamelwork can be found on altar crosses from both England, Germany and Italy.

Held at: British Museum

Accession Number: 2007,8049.1

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