Date: second half 15th century
Culture: probably Northern Italian
Medium: Silver, niello, and gilt silver
Dimensions: Diam: 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.965
There is no firm evidence about the original purpose of this type of niello pendant, but theories range from betrothal gifts (those with double portraits) to portable reliquaries (those with religious motifs).