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Fifteen Links Mounted as a Necklace

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

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


c. 1550–c. 1600



About this artwork

The symmetrical, openwork scrolls on eight links of this chain, or necklace, are likely based on engraving patterns that circulated among goldsmiths. As evidenced by countless Renaissance portraits, richly patterned chains like this example were integral embellishments to costly costume. Draped across the bust of a man or a woman and sometimes used to suspend a pendant, chains were an undeniable indication of wealth and status.


On View, Gallery 238


Applied Arts of Europe


Fifteen Links Mounted as a Necklace


Italy (Object made in)

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Gold, enamel, diamonds, and pearls


H.: 53 cm (20 7/8 in.); At widest point: W.: 2.1 cm (1 13/16 in.)

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Bequest of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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