Similar mother of pearl medallions were often set into reliquaries. It has also been suggested that they might have been used as hat ornaments.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hunt, Drumleck Baily, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Thomas F. Flannery, Jr. (1926–1980), Chicago (sold 1983); [ Parke-Bernet Galleries, London (Dec. 1, 1983, lot 31)]; [ Edward R. Lubin, Works of Art, New York (1983-1986)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Sixteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1985, through June 30, 1986." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 116 (1986). p. 33.
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 239, p. 198.
Artist: Workshop of Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden (North Netherlandish, active Strasbourg, ca. 1462–died 1473 Vienna)Date: ca. 1465Medium: Walnut with paint and gildingAccession: 17.190.1735On view in:Gallery 305