Pendant Brooch with Cameo of Enthroned Virgin and Child and Christ Pantokrator
late 1000s–1100s (cameo); 1100s–1300s (mount)
Chalcedony cameo; gold mount with pearls, emeralds, garnets, sapphires, and a sardonyx intaglio
Overall: 2 13/16 x 2 3/16 x 5/8 in. (7.2 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm)
Chalcedony: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (3.8 x 3.2 cm)
Purchase, Acquisitions Fund, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, Austin B. Chinn, and Katharine R. Brown Gifts, Gifts of Marx Freres, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Mrs. Frank D. Millett, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 2007
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
The elaborately carved cameo depicts the enthroned Virgin and Christ Child flanked by archangels, a subject often depicted in the apse of Orthodox churches. On the reverse of the gold case is an image of Christ Pantokrator, which would have been found in the dome of a church. The frame is typical of the Rus’, peoples of the north who had been converted by the Orthodox Christian clergy of Constantinople and who thus prized Byzantine works.
Gomez Family, Switzerland; Jennifer Gomez, Berne and London (from 1968); [ Ward & Company Works of Art(sold 2007)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2006-2007." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 65, no. 2 (Fall 2007). p. 12.
Barnet, Peter. "Recent Acquisitions (1999-2008) of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters, New York: Supplement." The Burlington Magazine 150, no. 1268 (November 2008). p. 794, fig. IV.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cameo Appearances." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 65, no. 4 (Spring 2008). p. 18, fig. 28.