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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast and engraved silver, partially gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 4, shelf D, box 8

Physical description

The pendant depicts the Crucifixion. A tall composition, set on a rocky base featuring Golgotha, with two skulls and a bone. Christ is shown attached to a tree, with its trunk twisted in formal bands and with lopped boughs; two thieves are crucified to thinner, more naturalistic trees beside him. In front Longinus pierces Christ's side with the lance; Mary (left) and John (right) stand to either side of him, raised on small pedestals. The tree terminates in a hexagonal-shape motif to which is attached a corded ring for suspension. Spear bent and bottom scraped; a hole pierced in the base, perhaps for attachment to a stand.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast and engraved silver, partially gilt


Length: 6.5 cm, Width: 3.3 cm

Object history note

Possibly from a Rosary.

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt pendant depicting the Crucifixion, German, about 1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lightbown, Ronald. Medieval European Jewellery: with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1992. cat. 57. p. 512.



Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Jewellery; Christianity; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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