Pendant (one of a pair)

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

Description

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).

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