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  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)
    Flanders (possibly, made)
    Rhineland (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1420 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, embossed and chased

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 4, shelf D, box 9

Physical description

Depicting The Way to Calvary, the setting is a steep and rocky road below a slope. It is bound to either side by a formalised clump of trees. To the right a guard wearing half-armour over a tunic drags Christ forward by a rope, holding up three nails in his left hand. Christ, wearing a crown of thorns, advances with lowered head, clasping the cross, which is supported behind by the Virgin. Between the two is St John holding a lopped stump. On the right a guard holding a halberd in his right hand and and the hammer in his left, and wearing an elaborate hat.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)
Flanders (possibly, made)
Rhineland (possibly, made)


ca. 1420 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, embossed and chased


Diameter: 7 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Gold medallion, embossed and chased, depicting The Way to Calvary, French, about 1420

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

Lightbown, Ronald. Mediaeval European Jewellery: with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1992.
Hatot, Nicolas. 'Un médaillon gothique conservé au Victoria and Albert Museum'. Patrimoines. Revue de l'Institut national du patrimoine. vol. 7 (2011), pp. 90-97.




Embossing; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Faith; Cross


Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity


Metalwork Collection

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