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  • Place of origin:

    Salamanca (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold filigree set with seed and baroque pearls

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 73, shelf C, box 3

Spain was an intensely Catholic country in the 17th century, the heartland of the Counter Reformation that set out to reinvigorate the Roman Catholic Church. Traditional jewellery often incorporated Catholic religious symbols such as the cross.

This cross-shaped pendant is typical of the jewellery worn in the Salamanca region. Salamanca was famous for its filigree work in the 19th century, and silver filigree is still widely available there today.

The original owner would have worn this cross on a ribbon, strung through the two vertical loops on the back of the bow at the top, and tied at the back of her neck.

Physical description

Three-part gold filigree pendant, consisting of a stylised bow at the top, with a tulip-shaped pendant hanging from it, with a stylised cross at the bottom. All the pieces are encrusted with numerous seed and baroque pearls, attached by a network of fine gold wire. Two vertical bars on the back of the bow, for suspension.

Place of Origin

Salamanca (made)


1800-1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold filigree set with seed and baroque pearls


Height: 14.7 cm, Width: 6.6 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Descriptive line

Gold filigree pendant decorated with seed pearls, Salamanca (Spain), 1800-1870.


Gold; Seed pearls


Gold filigree

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity; Traditional jewellery (Europe)


Metalwork Collection

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