RELIQUARY PENDANT. SILVER, ENAMEL. 17TH CENTURY.

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Reference: ZF0399

Reliquary pendant. Silver, enamel, textile. XVII century.
Polygonal pendant of important size and silver frame in its color decorated with small pearls of the same material located in the corners of the edge that has a ring at the top to hang it or hang it. One of its fronts presents a textile background under a transparent glass sheet, surely designed to contain relics. The other has a brightly colored enamel in which the three-quarter Virgin Mary is shown, with the baby Jesus naked in his arms and you loved figures cut out against a background of landscape with classical architectural elements (spine column grooved on pedestal, with moldings) and details of a natural landscape (thus being able to link the moment with the Rest in the Flight to Egypt, compare, likewise, with works such as the Virgin with Child by Anton van Dyck of the Cerralbo Museum in Madrid or the oil of The Walters Art Museum, or the engraving of Paulus Pontius following models of Van Dyck -where the elements coincide in disposition with those of the medallion-, for example).
This type of jewelry always had a great value both for the materials in which they were made and for their religious content. Despite this (or perhaps because of this appreciation) not too many examples of quality and good conservation are preserved, being possible to find them only in important private collections and in prominent museums such as the Valencia Foundation of Don Juan in Madrid, the Museum National Decorative Arts of the same city, etc., or old religious centers such as the Convent of the Royal Descalzas de Madrid."


· Size: 6,5x0.5x8 cms.

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