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Locket with Christ's Entry into Jerusalem and Doubting Thomas
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Locket with Christ's Entry into Jerusalem and Doubting Thomas


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Description This intricate locket, with scenes inside and out, was probably used as a "paternoster," an aid to prayer similar to a rosary. The scenes on the inside are executed in colorful enamel. On the left, Christ is greeted as he enters Jerusalem on a donkey. On the right, the risen Christ invites the "doubting" apostle Thomas to affirm his resurrection by touching his wound. On the exterior are scenes of Christ Shown to the People and a Pietà modeled in brown wax to resemble boxwood and covered with a rock crystal disk.
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Collections of Passavant; Spitzer Sale, Paris, 1893, lot 1787; Mrs. John Russell Pope [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1943, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mrs. John Russell Pope, 1943

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Period
ca. 1470 (Renaissance)
Medium
basse-taille enamel on silver, beeswax, pigment, rock crystal, gilded silver mount
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.590
Measurements
H without chain: 1 9/16 × W: 1 9/16 × D: 11/16 in. (4 × 3.9 × 1.8 cm); H with chain: 2 3/4 × W: 1 9/16 × D: 11/16 in. (7 × 3.9 × 1.8 cm); Open H with chain: 2 3/4 × W: 3 × D: 7/16 in. (7 × 7.6 × 1.1 cm); Open H without chain: 1 9/16 × W: 3 × D: 7/16 in. (4 × 7.6 × 1.1 cm)
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Not On View

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