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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

This object consists of 2 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.

Pendant

Artist/Maker

This intricate jewel is in the form of a coffin which opens to reveal a panel of woven hair, initials, and an enamelled skull. It is an unflinching reminder of man's mortality while specifically commemorating the death of a particular individual, the now unknown PB. Such graphic imagery was a widely accepted part of the rituals surrounding death in the years around 1700.


object details
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Pendant
  • Case
Brief Description
Pendant of gilded silver in the form of a coffin, made in England, 1703
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Summary
This intricate jewel is in the form of a coffin which opens to reveal a panel of woven hair, initials, and an enamelled skull. It is an unflinching reminder of man's mortality while specifically commemorating the death of a particular individual, the now unknown PB. Such graphic imagery was a widely accepted part of the rituals surrounding death in the years around 1700.
Collection
Accession Number
M.119-1962

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record createdJuly 18, 2006
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