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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    solothurn (object, made)
    sursee (images, painted)

  • Date:

    1750-1799 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt filigree with reverse-painted glass

  • Museum number:

    174-1870

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 72, shelf C, box 5

Religious pendants, called Deli, were common in all the Catholic cantons of Switzerland. In central Switzerland they consisted of a double-sided pendant with pictures of saints or other Christian symbols on each side. The name Deli may derive from the Latin words Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) which was a common theme, or from the French word médaille, or medallion. They were worn by women, hung from a black velvet ribbon round the neck.

Although some feature profane pictures, the vast majority, like this one, have two religious images. On one side of this pendant is the image of St Catherine holding a broken wheel, the symbol of her martyrdom, and a martyr’s palm. On the other is another saint, holding a pen.

Physical description

Pendant consisting of a filigree bow with a two-sided oval medallion hanging from it, with an oval filigree bead at the bottom. The medallion has an image of St. Catherine on one side, reverse-painted on glass, and an unidentified female martyr on the other.

Place of Origin

solothurn (object, made)
sursee (images, painted)

Date

1750-1799 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt filigree with reverse-painted glass

Dimensions

Height: 11.3 cm, Width: 4.2 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Historical context note

Described as from 'Lucerne and Schwytz' in register.

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt filigree religious pendant (Trachtendeli) with pictures of saints, Solothurn (Switzerland), 1750-1799.

Materials

Silver-gilt; Glass

Techniques

Filigree; Reverse painting; Verre

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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