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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1570-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Layered agate cameo in an enamelled gold mount set with rubies with painted enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.249-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 9, shelf D, box 2

Physical description

Locket of a layered agate cameo of two male busts, set in gold decorated with painted enamels and rubies. Made in Germany (the cameo made about 1570, the setting about 1600). On the reverse a painted enamel landscape with a skull and a putto blowing bubbles (an allegory of the brevity of life). A memento mori or memorial locket.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1570-1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Layered agate cameo in an enamelled gold mount set with rubies with painted enamel

Dimensions

Height: 3.2 cm, Width: 2.5 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Descriptive line

Locket with a layered agate cameo of two male busts in an enamelled gold mount set with rubies. On the reverse a painted enamel of a putto blowing bubbles in a landscape, made in Germany, the cameo about 1570, the setting about 1600

Materials

Agate; Gold; Enamel; Ruby

Techniques

Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Putti; Busts; Landscape

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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