H. 25-1/2 x W. 36-3/4 x D. 15-1/8 in. (64.8 x 93.3 x 38.4 cm)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520
This meticulously crafted wooden jewel pendant was probably intended as a display piece for a Kunstkammer, or collector's cabinet (see 25.135.112), demonstrating the technical skill of its maker (see 17.190.643). The 1586 inventory of the famous "Amerbach cabinet," a bourgeois Kunstkammer in Basel that evolved from the collection of the humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam (ca. 1466–1536), mentions no less than 770 different goldsmith's models in various media. This example depicts scenes from the life of a mythological hero: Hercules, with Antaeus (in bas-relief), and on the reverse, Hercules bearing the two pillars of Gibralter (in marquetry).
Artist: Johann Valentin Gevers (German, ca. 1662–1737)Date: ca. 1710Medium: Oak and pine veneered with tortoiseshell, silver, silver gilt, and green-stained ivory; mirror glassAccession: 1989.20On view in:Gallery 531
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551
Artist: Cabinetry by the workshop of Melchior Baumgartner (German)Date: ca. 1655–59, engraved decorations ca. 1825–50Medium: Oak, pine, walnut, cedar, ebony, and rosewood; ivory veneer and silver veneer; silver; silver-gilt moldings; gilded yellow-metal mounts; the drawers lined with aquamarine-colored silkAccession: 03.18On view in:Gallery 551