Pendant Brooch with Cameo of Enthroned Virgin and Child and Christ Pantokrator, Chalcedony cameo; gold mount with pearls, emeralds, garnets, sapphires, and a sardonyx intaglio, Byzantine

Pendant Brooch with Cameo of Enthroned Virgin and Child and Christ Pantokrator

Date:
late 1000s–1100s (cameo); 1100s–1300s (mount)
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Chalcedony cameo; gold mount with pearls, emeralds, garnets, sapphires, and a sardonyx intaglio
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 13/16 x 2 3/16 x 5/8 in. (7.2 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm)
Chalcedony: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (3.8 x 3.2 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Chalcedony
Credit Line:
Purchase, Acquisitions Fund, Christopher C. Grisanti and Suzanne P. Fawbush, Austin B. Chinn, and Katharine R. Brown Gifts, Gifts of Marx Freres, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Mrs. Frank D. Millett, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
The elaborately carved cameo depicts the enthroned Virgin and Christ Child flanked by archangels, a subject often depicted in the apse of Orthodox churches. On the reverse of the gold case is an image of Christ Pantokrator, which would have been found in the dome of a church. The frame is typical of the Rus’, peoples of the north who had been converted by the Orthodox Christian clergy of Constantinople and who thus prized Byzantine works.
Gomez Family, Switzerland; Jennifer Gomez, Berne and London (from 1968); [ Ward & Company Works of Art (American)(sold 2007)]
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Treasures and Talismans: Rings from the Griffin Collection," May 1–October 18, 2015.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2006-2007." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 65, no. 2 (Fall 2007). p. 12.

Barnet, Peter. "Recent Acquisitions (1999-2008) of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters, New York: Supplement." The Burlington Magazine 150, no. 1268 (November 2008). p. 794, fig. IV.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cameo Appearances." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 65, no. 4 (Spring 2008). p. 18, fig. 28.