Detail of the Fulda Portable Altar: St. Nicholas

Fulda, Germany, first third of 11th century
Silver over wood
Musée National de l'Age Médiévale, Paris

This panel is at the top right of the altar panel, immediately above the portrait of Aaron. Like St. Blaise in the top left, St. Nicholas carries a crozier and wears a chasuble with a Y-shaped orphrey such as a Christian priest would wear in the Mass. The program of the entire altar expresses the progression in time and typology from Old Testament sacrifices in the bottom and middle registers to the eucharistic liturgy of the artist's day.

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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.