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Renaissance-Style Pendant with Judith Holding the Head of Holofernes
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Renaissance-Style Pendant with Judith Holding the Head of Holofernes


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Description This elaborate double-sided pendant depicts two biblical scenes. The side displayed here shows Judith with a sword in her right hand and the head of Holofernes in the other. With the help of her maid, she is about to drop the head into a bag. The other side of the pendant portrays David, about to swing his sling at Goliath, who appears in the dress of a Roman military leader.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
12/31/1969Technical Reportother
10/20/1965Treatmentcleaned
4/26/1980Loan Considerationexamined for loan
2/10/1988Examinationexamined for condition
4/10/1988Treatmentcleaned
4/17/2006Examinationexamined for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Court Jewels of the Renaissance 1500-1630. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1980-1981.
  • Artful Deception: The Craft of the Forger. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City; Portland Museum of Art, Portland; The Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, Nashville; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester; The Barnum Museum, Bridgeport. 1987-1992.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Frédéric Spitzer, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris 1893, Lot 1840 [Sale catalogue plate XLVII]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1893, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1893

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Period
19th century
Medium
gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies, pearls
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.424
Measurements
2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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