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Reference: ZF0190

Reliquary cross. Silver, transparent glass. 17th-18th century
Devotional pendant made in silver and with a Latin cross shape, decorated to the outside with simple scrolls, spikes, pearls and other elements of classicist inspiration, as well as a ring to wear the jewel hanging from the neck. The front has seven oval holes (the one where the larger arms are crossed) protected with transparent glass; the back is smooth, with the material in its color.
Typologically, there are similar examples of Portuguese origin, made in rock crystal and protected by bands in silver, without scrolls and other decorations, dated between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, preserved in private collections. The present jewel shows profiles with much more movement than these two, although the motives and the simplicity of the lines respond to classicist influences.
This type of jewelry had great value for its owners, both for the materials in which they were made and for their content, considered sacred and protective. Despite this high value (or precisely because of it), few examples of good quality and in a good state of conservation have reached us. There are medallions similar to the present only in some important institutions such as the Valencia Foundation of Don Juan in Madrid, the National Museum of Decorative Arts (Madrid), the Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid), the Museum of Popular Beliefs and Religiosity of the Aragonese Pyrenees (Abizanda, Huesca), the Metropolitan Museum (New York), etc. And in outstanding religious institutions such as the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela or the Convent of the Descalzas Reales in Madrid."

· Size: 6,5x10 cms.

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