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Pendant with the Crucifixion
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Pendant with the Crucifixion

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Description The pendant is crafted on a Spanish gold coin that was in circulation around 1500.

The gold figures in the crucifixion have been soldered to a Spanish gold coin. The portraits of Ferdinand and Isabella are on the reverse of the pendant along with the Seville mint mark. The crest or shield under the crucifixion is defaced and obscured by the enameled figures and tool marks. A few letters are visible around the perimeter and a few lines remain from the shield. The transparent red, blue and green enamels are unstable and have suffered losses. The opaque white enamel is stable but has mechanical damages. The surface was gently dusted and cleaned for exhibition. Strict climate control will be provided to slow further deterioration.

The enamel, especially the red and blue colors, is unstable. The enamels were consolidated with a dilute acrylic adhesive to prevent loss of flaking glass. One pearl is missing and one is an old replacement. Otherwise the pendant is in good condition. More information or marks on the gold coin support are visible on the reverse than on the front. The front is more defaced or obscured by conversion to a pendant.

Date Description Narrative
1/26/1988Examinationexamined for condition
5/09/1991Examinationexamined for condition
11/30/2015ExaminationExamined and cleaned for exhibition
11/06/2016TreatmentTreated for exhibition
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1500-1550 (Renaissance)
gold coin, gold, enamel en ronde bosse, pearls
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H: 1 5/8 × W: 1 3/16 in. (4.2 × 3 cm)
  • Spain (Place of Origin)


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