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Print - Design for Pendant

Design for Pendant

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Frankfurt (probably)

  • Date:

    c. 1600

  • Artist/Maker:

    Birckenhultz, Paul, born 1561 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 7, box A

This pendant design is unusual when compared with the other Paul Birckenhultz engravings that appear in the V&A collection. Though the inscription indicates the engraving was made by him, the style of the signature does not appear on any of his other engravings. Also, while it is generally akin to Birckenhultz's pendant designs in style, the dimensions of the pendant itself make it smaller than other similar designs. It is possible that this piece was made by Birckenhultz after the work of another designer, or that it was made by a follower of Birckenhultz and meant to appear in his style.

Physical description

Design for a pendant hung from ribbons. At the top a sun set with a gem and beneath it a crescent moon on its side with smaller stars set with gems on either side. Below this group, two birds of prey pick at bunches of fruit. At the bottom of the ornament is a rabbit curled up. The pendant design is hung with three pearls.

Place of Origin

Frankfurt (probably)


c. 1600


Birckenhultz, Paul, born 1561 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed in the lower centre of the plate:



Height: 9.3 cm cut to, Width: 5.4 cm cut to

Descriptive line

Paul Birckenhultz (after), one plate from an unidentified set of plates showing an ornate pendant design. Frankfurt, 1600.

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

Hollstein, F.W.H. 1957. German engravings, etchings and woodcuts, ca. 1400-1700 Vol. IV, Beischlag-Brosamer. German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, Ca. 1400-1700. Amsterdam: Hertzberger.

Subjects depicted

Rabbit; Stars; Moon; Sun; Birds


Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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