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The Danny Jewel

  • Object:

    Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold and narwhal tusk

  • Credit Line:

    Bryan Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.97-1917

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 52B, shelf 1

Renaissance pendants were sometimes made as amulets as a protection against danger. At that time people believed that the horn of the dolphin-like narwhal came from unicorns. They valued it highly as a detector of poison in food and drink. This pendant formerly belonged to the Campion family of Danny in Sussex.

Physical description

Pendant, 'The Danny Jewel',in the shape of a ship, with a semi-circular section of a narwhal's tusk mounted in enamelled gold suspended by three chains from a ring

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1550 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold and narwhal tusk

Dimensions

Height: 8.4 cm, Width: 6.1 cm, Depth: 1.7 cm

Descriptive line

Pendant, 'The Danny Jewel', enamelled gold and a section of Narwhal's tusk, England, ca.1550.

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Tusk

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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