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date: 15 November 2019

Roger of Helmarshausenlocked

(fl first quarter of the 12th century).
  • G. Reinheckel


(fl first quarter of the 12th century).

German goldsmith. He served his apprenticeship, up to 1100, at Stavelot Abbey (Ardennes); he may then have made a journey to Constantinople (now Istanbul). After 1100 he went to the monastery of St Pantaleon, Cologne, and around 1107 moved to Helmarshausen Abbey in the Weser region (north Hessen), where he is mentioned as a respected writer and goldsmith. At Helmarshausen, according to a document, Roger was the creator of a portable altar dedicated to SS Kilian and Liborius (Paderborn, Diözmus. & Domschatzkam.). The altar, commissioned by Heinrich of Werl, Bishop of Paderborn (reg 1084–1127), was produced about 1120. It consists of an oak box (340×165×210 mm) with a lid and claw feet. The outer surfaces are partly covered with silver-gilt plates decorated predominantly with niello but also with engraving and repoussé work. Gold filigree and mounted cut stones are also used. At the top, on one side, is a depiction of the ...

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Lexikon der Kunst: Architektur, bildende Kunst, angewandte Kunst, Industrieformgestaltung, Kunsttheorie (Leipzig, 1968–)