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, 1886, no. 3); Baron Albert von Oppenheim , Cologne (until 1906; sale, April 13, 1906, no. 187; to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York (until 1917; 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