Art/ Collection/ Art Object


17th century
probably Spanish or Mexican
Gold, enamel, pearls
Overall: 1 15/16 × 1 5/8 in. (4.9 × 4.1 cm)
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 535
Pendants with representations of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception became especially popular as fervor for this belief grew at the beginning of the seventeenth century and pressure mounted to have it codified as dogma. The depiction of the Immaculada in this simply formed jewel is particularly close to that of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patroness of New Spain. Banners of the confraternities also featured the custodia of the Eucharist, which is enameled on the back of this venera.
Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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