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Pendant Cross

A work made of gold, enamel, emeralds, and pearls.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gold, enamel, emeralds, and pearls.


c. 1575-c. 1625


Spanish or South German

About this artwork

This pendant cross is an elaborate assemblage of cast and fused segments ornamented with emeralds in tall, pyramidal mounts. Enameled gold and pin-fastened pearls add vigorous effects of color, texture, and light. The three-dimensional quality of this piece would have been particularly distinctive when worn upon the rich garments of the Renaissance.


On View, Gallery 238


Applied Arts of Europe


Pendant Cross


Spain (Object Possibly made in)

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Gold, enamel, emeralds, and pearls


9.5 × 7.6 cm (3 3/4 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

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