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Heraldic chain with pendant badge

Maker:
Michael Botza (active 1592–1633)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
German, Dresden
Medium:
Partly enameled gold, pearl
Dimensions:
Length: 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.879
Not on view
The arms are those of Elector Christian II (r. 1583-1611). The badge with the motto reads: A DEO PRO IMPERIO ("from God for the defense of the empire"). The chain and badge, of which several versions are preserved, were made for a member of the "Society of Christian."
Inscription: On obverse, jewel bears impaled arms of arch-marshalship and duchy with motto: A DEO PRO IMPERIO [trans.: From God for the defense of the Empire]; on reverse, in azure field, golden sun-in splendor, between three gold stars above and below with motto: TIME DEUM; HONORA CAESARUM [trans.: Fear God, honor the Emperor]
J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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