This plaque was found in 2019 in a field in Oldham, in north Manchester. It is small – only 7cm tall – and it shows St. Luke sat at a writing desk, with a decoration of a bull, the symbol of St. Luke. It was likely used as a religious decoration for a Christian prayer book or altar in the 12th or early 13th century.
The word ‘Mosan’ is used to describe sculpture, stained glass and metalwork produced in the valley of the River Meuse which runs between several countries, such as Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. It is very unusual to find a Mosan artefact so far afield, and this was the first found in North West England. It is also very unusual to see one so well-preserved, with almost all of its enamel intact.
What journey do you think it took to get here?