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Hausaltar (house altar or architectural model)
  • J. M. Fischer
    active: Germany
  • Hausaltar (house altar or architectural model), circa 1757
  • Where object was made: Bavaria (present-day Germany or Austria)
  • wood, polychromy, gilding
  • Object Height/Width: 55.9 x 27.9 cm
    Object Height/Width: 22 x 11 in
  • Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward A. Maser
  • Not on display
  • 1959.0067
Label Text

Religious shrine depicting Christ in glory flanked by saints and angels. Elaborate architectural setting. The shrine displays a mass table in the form of a sarcophagus, surrounded by devotional imagery (the altarpiece). At the apex of the structure, a gray dove soars over a convoluted window opening and red chalice. Directly below stands Christ within a shallow niche. On his left and right stand a haloed figure, the female holding a sickle and the male a turfing spade. The following register supports two winged angels, one slaying a demon, and the other perched atop a serpent wrapped globe. Between the two, a tiny figure stands upon the altar table framed by a baldachin. The bottom most level presents two more angels of diminished scale. (probably from private chapel)