Room 20

Forge work



14th century
Wrought iron, stretched, rolled and riveted
26 x 61 x 46.5 cm
Provenance unknown
MEV 4465

Parallelepiped-shaped brazier, standing on four legs, each with a hole at the top, from where a circular ring hangs. The sides are formed by two parallel cross pieces on each side, to which are riveted motifs of pairs of opposing spirals that stem from a vertical axis with lanceolate ends. It may be a type Romanesque in origin, or even earlier, spread around Southern Europe, which remained in use during the 14th and 15th centuries, as we can see from numerous iconographical sources, including the Nativity scene on the altarpiece from the parish church of Montanyana, painted by Pere Garcia de Benavarri during the second half of the 15th century. The purpose of braziers was to heat the liturgical space or to keep the fuel for the censers alight.

Room 20
Floor 2
18 Leather
19 Gold, Silver and Metalworking Arts
20 Forge Work
21 Ceramics
22 Study Galleries