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Pendant with Virgin and Child

Date:
early 16th century
Geography:
Made in Nuremberg, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Silver and silver gilt
Dimensions:
Greatest Diameter: 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm); with rings: 3 3/8 in.
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1965
Accession Number:
65.68.1
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
The design of this pendant served as the insignia for the Schwanenorden, or Order of the Swan, founded in 1443 by Friedrich II, elector of Brandenburg. Several contemporary portraits show similar pendants worn on chains around the neck with a large pearl or other ornament suspended from a loop. The image of the Virgin and Child on the crescent moon, inspired by Revelation, is similar in composition to woodcuts by Hans Baldung Grien, a protégé of Albrecht Dürer in Nuremberg.
Inscription: Inscription: (on white paper affixed to seal) OSSIB S. FLORIANUM
Inscription: (19th-century, on back of pendant) MEINEM LIEBEN NEFFEN ERNST/ GEB. D. 24 JUNI 1892/ ZUR ERINNERUNG A.D. HL. TAUFE/ 7 JULI 1892 V.S. PATHEN/ HUGO OBERHAMER
Hugo Oberhamer(until 1892) ; Ernst Oberhamer(from 1892) (?) ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York (sold 1965)]
Husband, Timothy B., and Jane Hayward, ed. The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: Dutton Publishing, 1975. no. 100b, pp. 90-91.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 157.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Germanisches National Museum, Nürnberg. Gothic and Renaissance Art in Nuremberg 1300-1500. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. no. 142, p. 325.



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