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This pendant once contained a small disk of wax, blessed by the pope during the Easter season and worn as a kind of amulet. The back shows a lamb, a symbol of Jesus, and is surrounded by a Latin inscription that translates: "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us." Pregnant women sometimes wore such pendants for protection.

Locket, Basse taille enamel, silver-gilt, French

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