Information provided by the Metropolitan Museum, New York:
This depiction of that miraculous event shows the hand of God appearing to the disciples; Peter, holding keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, is seated in the center of the architectural setting, with only five other apostles beside him. (The other six are suggested by partially visible halos.) Each face is individually characterized—an unusual and forward-looking way of heightening the sacred drama. A rich and varied spectrum of colors—more than twelve hues appear—further enlivens the delicate, animated style of engraving. The play of light upon such colorful imagery gives the plaque the aura of a sparkling jewel. The crowning piece of a number of Mosan enamels in the Museum's collection, this work was part of an extensive series of plaques that once decorated a single large object, perhaps an altarpiece or pulpit.
Ex colls.: Sir Francis Scott, England; Birmingham and Midland Institute
(in 1863), Birmingham, England; [Sotheby & Co., London (in 1965)]
Inscriptions: [on reserve across bottom]: APOSTOLI [in center, flanking St. Peter]: SPS DNI (Spiritus Domini) [flanking arc of heaven]: DO M (Domus) [Acts 2:2] [within arc of heaven]: PA TE (Pater)