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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.74-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 10, shelf C, box 1

Physical description

Enamelled gold memento mori pendant in the form of a coffin, with cross bones on the suspension chains and a skull pendant. The coffin opens to disclose an enamelled skeleton, the initials I.C.S. above its head and the inscription 'HIE. LIEG. ICH. VND. WARTH. AVF. DIH' (Here I lie and wait for you, in German).

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1660 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold

Marks and inscriptions

'HIE. LIEG. ICH. VND. WARTH. AVF. DIH'
'Here I lie and wait for you'
inscription

'I.C.S.'
initials above the skeleton's head

Dimensions

Height: 5.7 cm, Width: 2.8 cm, Depth: 1 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold memento mori pendant in the form of a coffin, with cross bones on the suspension chains and a skull pendant, made in Germany, about 1660

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

Somers-Cock, Anna, Princely Magnificence: court jewels of the Renaissance, 1500-1630, V&A, 1980, pp. 89-90, cat. 121

Materials

Gold; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Skeleton; Coffins; Skull (skeleton component)

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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