Pax of the Virgin and Child

Attributed to Jean Pénicaud II
Limoges, 16th century
Grisaille on a black ground, gold heightening
Bequest of Charles Piet Lataudrie, 1910
Inv. 16741
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A pax board was an object that the congregation (and sometimes the celebrant) kissed as a sign of peace. It usually has a handle on the back.

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