Overall: 21 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 3/8 in. (55 x 4.9 x 0.9 cm) chain: 21 5/8 in. (55 cm) hexagonal shaped beads: 1 7/16 x 3/8 in. (3.6 x 0.9 cm) medallions: 1 15/16 x 1 1/2 x 1/4 in. (4.9 x 3.8 x 0.7 cm) petal shaped pendants: 1 7/8 x 1 x 1/4 in. (4.7 x 2.6 x 0.7 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
The intricately worked pendants are separated by hexagonal spacers.
Opus interrasile was a technique used by goldsmiths to make elegant jewelry from the 200s through the 600s. Designs were traced onto sheets of gold; the background was punched with holes of various sizes to highlight the pattern; and fine details were then worked on the surface. The patterns formed by piercing the metal ground encouraged the play of light and shadow across an object's surface.
[ Amedeo Canessa, Paris (sold 1911)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1911–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (1913–1917)
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