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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1480-1490 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Partially gilded silver

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 5, shelf B, box 2

Physical description

Figure of St Christopher, partially gilded silver. On an hexagonal base, the saint with one foot in the water, holding a ragged staff. His robe is pulled up and held by a sash. The Christ child sits on his shoulder, depicted as Imperator Mundi, with an orb surmounted by a corss in his left hand. He has an openwork halo. The sceptre missing from Christ's right hand.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1480-1490 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Partially gilded silver


Height: 6.1 cm, Width: 2.2 cm

Object history note

Probably from a paternotster.

Historical context note

Christ as Imperator Mundi was a favourite German devotional motif in the fifteenth century.

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt pendant of St Christopher with Christ on his shoulders. Germany, 1480-90.

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

Lightbown, Ronald. Medieval European Jewellery: with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1992. cat. 65. p. 515.


Gold; Silver

Subjects depicted

Christianity; Faith


Metalwork; Jewellery; Religion; Christianity; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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