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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castellani (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bloodstone with gold

  • Museum number:

    5996-1859

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 21, shelf C, box 5

This pendant was bought in Rome in 1858 by Henry Cole, the first Director of the South Kensington Museum, later the Victoria & Albert Museum. He may have acquired it from Castellani, the most prestigious of the jewellers in Rome.

Ancient beads, scarabs and engraved gemstones from excavations were an essential element of jewellery made in the archaeological style. Mounted in gold, they were densely set in necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings or rings.

Physical description

Gold, in the form of a bar or cartouche with the inscription VALATE. At the ends are inserted two ancient silver coins, a scabaeus in bloodstone pendant in the centre.

Place of Origin

Rome (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1858 (made)

Artist/maker

Castellani (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bloodstone with gold

Dimensions

Height: 2.4 cm, Width: 1.6 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Object history note

Probably made by Castellani of Rome. Purchased in Rome in 1858 by Henry Cole, the first Director of the South Kensington Museum, later the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Descriptive line

Bloodstone and gold pendant in the shape of a scarab, probably made by Castellani of Rome, Italy, about 1858

Materials

Gold; Bloodstone

Subjects depicted

Antique; Scarabs

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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