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Pendant reliquary with depiction of the Annunciation

17th century
Gold, enamel, rubies, crystal, pearl, rock crystal
Overall: 2 7/8 × 1 3/16 × 7/16 in. (7.3 × 3 × 1.1 cm);
Height (without ring): 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 535
The tiny enameled-gold figures surrounded by gems represent the Virgin, kneeling at her prie-dieu, and the angel of the Annunciation, with his words of greeting, "AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA" (Hail, Mary, full of grace), inscribed on the relic case below.
Inscription: On back of reliquary, at lower edge: Ave. mar gratia plen [trans.: Hail, Mary, full of grace]
[ J. & S. Goldschmidt , Frankfurt, until March 15, 1910; sold to Morgan ] ; J. Pierpont Morgan (1910–17; to MMA)
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