The scene depicts Hercules carrying the columns of Gaza. The pendant was probably intended as a display piece for a Kunstkammer, or collector's cabinet, demonstrating the technical skill of its maker.
Charles Stein , Paris (until 1886; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 10–14, 1886, no. 3); Baron Albert von Oppenheim , Cologne (by 1904–6; to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906–17; to MMA)
Artist: Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen)Date: ca. 1870–95Medium: Baroque pearl mounted with enameled gold set with pearls, emeralds and rubies and with pendent pearlsAccession: 1982.60.382On view in:Gallery 542