Elements from a Necklace

Date: late 15th–16th century

Geography: Made in Granada, Spain

Culture: Spanish

Medium: Gold, cloisonnè enamel

Dimensions: f:wheel shaped medallion: 3 x 3/16 in. (7.6 x 0.5 cm)
b,d,j,h:4 lotus bud plaques: 3 5/16 x 2 1/16 x 3/16 in. (8.4 x 5.2 x 0.5 cm)
e,g:largest cylindrical beads: 2 x 3/4 in. (5.1 x 1.9 cm)
c,i:cylindrical beads: 1 7/8 x 11/16 in. (4.8 x 1.7 cm)
a:smallest cylindrical bead: 1 x 1/2 in. (2.5 x 1.3 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Gold

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.161a-j

Description

Although the design of this necklace has parallels from Nasrid Spain, many of its features hark back to the traditions of Fatimid Egypt. These features include the combination of goldsmithing techniques employed, the inclusion of cloisonné enamel, and the presence of tiny loops for stringing pearls or stones on the edges of some of the elements. The Latin inscription on the circular pendant reading "Hail Mary, full of Grace" reveals that this piece was made for a Christian patron.

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