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Locket with Scenes of the Crucifixion and the Virgin with the Christ Child
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Locket with Scenes of the Crucifixion and the Virgin with the Christ Child


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description To the traditional image of the Crucifixion has been added a Latin inscription from Isaiah "By whose wounds we are healed." The passage was interpreted as referring to Christ's death on the cross as the way to salvation. On the back is an image of Mary with the Christ Child, so the pendant alludes to the role of Mary, a symbol of the Christian Church, in human redemption.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/22/1961Treatmentcleaned
1/27/1988Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
5/09/1991Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions Inscription around Crucifixion: CVIVS. LIVORE. SANATI. SVMVS.[Translation: By whose wounds we are healed] Inscription on the reverse: AVE. SAN. MARIA. MAT. DEI. [Translation: Hail Saint Mary, Mother of God]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Creator
Period
ca. 1575 (Renaissance)
Medium
amelierung reverse-painted rock crystal, agate and enameled gold frame; modern chain
Accession Number
46.13
Measurements
2 3/8 x 2 1/16 in. (6 x 5.2 cm)
Geographies
  • Italy (Place of Origin)

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