This is an impressive silver-gilt reliquary pendant, dating to the 16th - 17th century A.D. The pendant contains a gold brocaded fabric under rock crystal covers. It is framed with green emerald type stones, probably glass. The pendant is double sided, with a cross on one side and fabric on the other. A hefty and 'showy' jewel, likely of a Spanish or Portuguese origin. This piece came from an old collection of jewels in Oxfordshire.
OBJECT: Devotional Reliquary Pendant
DATE: c. 16th - 17th century A.D.
SIZE: 64mm (59mm without ring) x 42mm x 21mm
WEIGHT: 35 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. J.R. Williams Collection, Banbury. Oxfordshire.
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