Temple Pendant and Stick


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

On the surface of this exquisitely worked pendant are intricate patterns of florets, palmettes, and variegated borders, and a medallion with the head of a young, beardless man on the front. Crosses embellish the accompanying stick. Temple pendants are thought to have hung near the temple or cheek, suspended from the wearer’s hair or headdress. The pendant’s hollow interior probably held a piece of perfumed cloth; the small stick would have been used to guide the cloth in and out of the pendant.

Temple Pendant and Stick, Cloisonné enamel, gold, Byzantine

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