Boxwood, feathers, gold, enamel
1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (4.4 x 4.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1910 (10.141.2)
The Franciscans taught indigenous artists a specialized technique practiced in Flemish convents, the art of almost microscopic carving. Usually scenes of Christ's Passion were carved inside rosary beads or in the form of tiny tabernacles. In Mexico, these minuscule images were often set in gold and crystal mounts in the Spanish or Flemish mode, or were laid down against a background of iridescent feathers, which glowed through their pierced opening.
Here the central scene of the Crucifixion is flanked in the pendant's hinged wings by images of Christ Carrying the Cross, the Ecce Homo, the Agony in the Garden, and the Flagellation. The gold exterior is decorated with colored enamelling.