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Medieval Gold and Rock Crystal Reliquary Pendant

Antiquities - Christian

LOT 0257

GBP (£) 12,500 - 17,500
EUR (€) 14,070 - 19,700
USD ($) 16,870 - 23,620
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Opening Bid: £9,000 (EUR 10,134; USD 12,146)
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15th-16th century AD

A rectangular pendant comprising a gold plaque and inset crystal pane to the reverse, the plaque with two gold suspension loops; engraved with an earlier crucifixion scene with nimbate Corpus Christi below the hand of God, symbols of the Evangelists in the quadrants (winged man, eagle, winged ox, winged lion); cell to the reverse with acanthus-leaf detailing and beaded wire rim. 19 grams, 42mm (1 3/4").

Very fine condition.
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From an important collection of finger rings and other jewellery; acquired late 1990s-2010. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate.

Cf. Robinson, J. From Altar to Amulet: Relics, Portability and Devotion, in Bagnoli, M., Klein, H., Griffith Mann, C., and Robinson, J. Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, London, 2011, pp.111-133.

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