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Agnus Dei Pendant

1400-1450 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Agnus Dei Pendant, silver, silver gilt, horn, wax. The circular silver gilt case with three suspension rings has a lid held in place by three pins; it encloses horn panes, between which are the remains of the wax Agnus Dei. On the obverse the lid is engraved around the rim with an inscription in Gothic lettering on a hatched ground 'IECUC [sic] MARIA IOHANNES ANNUS [sic]' (Jesus, Mary, John, Lamb [of God]); on the reverse similarly with 'IESUS MAIRA [sic]' IOHANNES MARIA HILF' (Jesus Mary John Mary help). On both sides the words are separated by rosettes, on the lid a sprig is added to one rosette.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver, silver gilt, wax
Brief Description
Agnus Dei Pendant, silver, silver gilt. Germany, 1400-1450
Physical Description
Agnus Dei Pendant, silver, silver gilt, horn, wax. The circular silver gilt case with three suspension rings has a lid held in place by three pins; it encloses horn panes, between which are the remains of the wax Agnus Dei. On the obverse the lid is engraved around the rim with an inscription in Gothic lettering on a hatched ground 'IECUC [sic] MARIA IOHANNES ANNUS [sic]' (Jesus, Mary, John, Lamb [of God]); on the reverse similarly with 'IESUS MAIRA [sic]' IOHANNES MARIA HILF' (Jesus Mary John Mary help). On both sides the words are separated by rosettes, on the lid a sprig is added to one rosette.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 5.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'IECUC [sic] MARIA IOHANNES ANNUS [sic]' 'IESUS MAIRA [sic]' IOHANNES MARIA HILF' 'IESUS MAIRA [sic]' (Latin, in Gothic letter)
  • 'IESUS MAIRA [sic]' IOHANNES MARIA HILF'
Bibliographic Reference
Ronald Lightbown, Medieval European Jewellery, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992, cat. 45. p. 507.
Collection
Accession Number
833-1891

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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