The inscription at the base of the relief refers to Giovanni Borgia (1446-1503), bishop of Monreale, who was created cardinal in 1492 by his uncle Pope Alexander VI, and the identification is confirmed by the coat of arms painted on the spandrel between the two arches. The high quality of the goldsmith's work has led this pax to be attributed to Caradosso Foppa (ca.1452-ca. 1526). The finial figure and the enameled roundels on the base are later additions.
Inscription: Inscribed at base of gold panel: I • BORGII • CAR • MON • REGAL
Giovanni Borgia, Archbishop of Monreale ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
Date: late 15th centuryMedium: Basse-taille and painted enamel on silver; gilt-silver frame mounted with silver and partly enameled gold, and set with emeralds and pearlsAccession: 17.190.917On view in:Gallery 500