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Locket

Date:
14th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Basse taille enamel, silver-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 3/8 in. (4.4 x 3.8 x 1cm) Diam. 1 1/2 in. 3.8 cm
Classification:
Enamels-Basse taille
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.964
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This pendant once contained a small disk of wax, blessed by the pope during the Easter season and worn as a kind of amulet. The back shows a lamb, a symbol of Jesus, and is surrounded by a Latin inscription that translates: "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us." Pregnant women sometimes wore such pendants for protection.
Inscription: Agnus/dey/quy/tollis/pcta/mundy/miserere/nobis
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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