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Teething (?) Amulet with White Coral
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Teething (?) Amulet with White Coral


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Description Red coral from the Mediterranean was favored for teething pendants and other amulets worn by babies, because it was believed to drive away evil spirits. Many 15th-century paintings of the Christ Child show him wearing such an amulet. White coral was presumed to share some of these powers.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/26/1988Treatmentcleaned
1/26/1988Examinationexamined for condition
5/09/1991Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Nicholas Landau [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1970, by gift.
Credit Gift of Nicholas Landau, 1970

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Period
1475-1550 (Renaissance)
Medium
white coral, silver with gilding
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1992
Measurements
2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Geographies
  • Europe (Place of Origin)
  • Mediterranean (Source of Materials)

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