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Pendant diptych

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (Northern, made)

  • Date:

    1400 - 1450 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, silver gilt

  • Museum number:

    14-1873

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A diptych is formed of two hinged panels that open like a book. This example could be worn around the neck as a devotional pendant for use in private prayer. The outside panels show Christ and St James, while on the inside are St Catherine and St George and the dragon.

Physical description

Diptych, silver, silver gilt, integral hinges, the two wings fastened by a clasp, with suspension ring attached to each wing. On the interior of each wing is a sunken panel in bevelled frame, to which is applied a relief figures of St. George and the Dragon (left) and St. Catherine of Alexandria (right). When these are closed, the outer panels, recessed within moulded frames, depict crudely engraved scenes representing Christ in the Well of Pity (front) and St. James the Great (back), both on hatched grounds.

Place of Origin

Germany (Northern, made)

Date

1400 - 1450 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver, silver gilt

Dimensions

Height: 2.7 cm, Width: 4.2 cm open, Width: 1.9 cm closed, Depth: 1.1 cm

Descriptive line

Pendant diptych, silver and gilded silver, with applied cast figures of St George and St Catherine, and engraved images of St James the Great and Christ as Man of Sorrows. North German, about 1400-1450.

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

Ronald Lightbown, Medieval European Jewellery, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992, cat. 44. p. 506.
Williams, David. The Five Wounds of Jesus. Leominster: The Author, 2004. ISBN 085244 620 9
Brandt, Michael. Schatzkammer auf Zeit: Die Sammlungen des Bischofs Eduard Jakob Wedekin 1769-1870. Katalog zur Ausstellung des Diözesan-Museums Hildesheim, Hildesheim, 1991. Hildesheim: Das Museum, 1991. ISBN 3887462718
Bury, Shirley. Jewellery Gallery, Summary Catalogue. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982. ISBN 090520929X
Nelson, P. (1940). An English medieval gold finger-ring. The Antiquaries Journal, 20(4), 509-509. doi:10.1017/S0003581500095494
Ik, Maria van Gelre. De hertogin en haar uitzonderlijke gebedenboek (1380-1429), ed. by Johan Oostermann. Nijmegen / Zwolle: Museum Het Valkhof / Waanders Uitgevers, 2018. ISBN 9789462622012. Catalogue of the exhibition held at Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen, 13 October 2018 - 6 January 2019.

Labels and date

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Before modern transport people largely travelled on foot or on horseback. Useful everyday items needed to be carried comfortably on the body. Some were miniature versions of larger objects, others folded ingeniously to become portable. Often they were intricate and delicate.
These eleven items were personal possessions. Many were made before pockets were commonplace. Some were used in the workplace, some at home and some on the road.
Many have cases as stylish as the objects they protect. These cases came in a range of materials, from expensive ivory and sharkskin to cheaper leather and wood. Their decoration shows the same designs that adorn silver, ceramics and textiles.
All these objects give us interesting insights into work, leisure and social etiquette

9 DIPTYCH PENDANT
Gold and silver
Germany, 1400-50
A diptych is formed of two hinged panels that open like a book. This example could be worn around the neck as a devotional pendant for use in private prayer. The outside panels show Christ and St James, while on the inside are St Catherine and St George and the dragon.
Museum no. 14-1873 []

Materials

Silver; Gold

Techniques

Engraving; Gilding

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Religion; Christianity; Personal accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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