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Medallion pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1400-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved mother-of-pearl mounted in silver-gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 4, shelf D, box 3

Physical description

The medallion is enclosed in a round case edged by a ribbed and twisted band. The front is set with a carved roundel of mother-of-pearl, depicting the Adoration of the Magi. The Virgin stands beneath a tall Gothic canopy holding the Child. The back of the case is embossed with a silver-gilt roundel of the Vernicle on a cross with ends shaped as fleur-de-lis, all on a gilt ground.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1400-1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved mother-of-pearl mounted in silver-gilt


Diameter: 2.2 cm

Descriptive line

Medallion pendant, silver-gilt edge with a depiction of the Adoration of the Magi in mother-of-pearl, Germany, 1400-1500

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. 41. p. 505.


Mother of pearl; Silver-gilt


Carving; Gilding; Embossing

Subjects depicted

Fleurs-de-lis; Faith; Kings


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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