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  • Place of origin:

    Sicily (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel gilt, with translucent enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pax with Virgin and Child in silver surrounded by a Gothic architectural setting, against a background of blue enamel and gilt stars. The Virgin and Child were common subjects for late medieval paxes.

Place of Origin

Sicily (made)


ca. 1500 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel gilt, with translucent enamel


Height: 31.5 cm Base to top of canopy, Width: 12.2 cm Across widest part, at base of canopy in which Virgin is seated, Depth: 6.9 cm From front of seated Virgin to widest part of handle on the back of the pax May not be completely accurate

Descriptive line

Pax depicting the Virgin and Child, Sicily, ca. 1500

Labels and date

Silver, parcel-gilt, with translucent enamel
Sicilian; about 1500
Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh
The Virgin and Child as here, were common subjects for late medieval paxes, which were passed around the congregation to be kissed during Mass, as part of the ritual of the Kiss of Peace. []




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