Design for a Pendant with IHS Monogram

Artist: Master P.R.K (Dutch, ca. 1609–1617)

Date: 1609

Medium: Engraving and blackwork

Dimensions: Plate: 5 1/4 x 3 11/16 in. (13.3 x 9.3 cm)
Sheet: 5 3/8 x 3 3/4 in. (13.7 x 9.5 cm)

Classifications: Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1942

Accession Number: 42.86.3(3)


This finely wrought pendant was designed by the Dutch goldsmith known as the Master P.R.K. It consists of fine openwork with an IHS monogram in the middle. The fact that this part is executed in blackwork indicates that it was meant to be executed in enamel. Three pearls are attached to the bottom of the pendant. The goldsmith also added small quirky details to his design, like the monkeys with musical instruments and the two rabbits below. In the lower left and right corners of the sheet, two small scenes are depicted: on the left a man using a bird of prey to hunt, and on the right a man who is fishing. The print is part of a series of six published by the goldsmith in 1609.