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This is a charming Renaissance silver-gilt devotional amulet, dating to the early 17th century. The partial-gilt and elaborate frame is intricately constructed with fine filigree. The case has four separate covers, each opening to reveal a hand-painted devotional image, in Verre églomisé. The first is an image of Saint Barbara, shown holding a tower and crowned. The second image is of Saint Teresa of Ávila, the third Holy Face of Jesus with tools of his crucifixion. The fourth opening reveals a paper insert and is sadly missing the original image. The object is of excellent quality and would have been purchased on a pilgrimage or visit to Rome.
OBJECT: Reliquary Pendant amulet
DATE: c. 17th century
SIZE: 90mm (with chain) 48mm x 34mm x 27mm
WEIGHT: 21 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. private collection, Valencia. Spain.