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Pendant reliquary with depiction of the Annunciation

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Gold, enamel, rubies, crystal, pearl, rock crystal
Dimensions:
2 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 7/16 in. (7.3 x 3 x 1.1 cm); H. without ring: 2-5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.872
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 535
The tiny enameled-gold figures surrounded by gems represent the Virgin, kneeling at her prie-dieu, and the angel of the Annunciation, with his words of greeting, "AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA" (Hail, Mary, full of grace), inscribed on the relic case below.
Inscription: (on lower edge, back of reliquary) Ave. mar gratia plen [Hail, Mary, full of grace]
[ J. & S. Goldschmidt , Frankfurt ] ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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