The cross with a cartellino inscribed: INRI in black enamel over white enamel base.
The goldsmith who made this beautiful crucifix has succeeded in creating a wonderful play of textures that would have captivated the Renaissance patron. In his attempt to represent a naturalistic cross, the goldsmither has successfully employed several virtuous techniques, which include enamelling and masterfully chiselling. The applied body of Christ hangs from the crucifix surmounting Golgotha, the bones of Adam at his feet.
Please refer to the pictures, they speak by themselves.
A similar 16th-century gold pendant crucifix with naturalistic cross can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. 260-1869)
MEASURES: 59mm high including hanging ring/bail (excluding pearl chain and rosary piece), 32mm wide.
TOTAL WEIGHT: 15gr
ESTIMATED AGE: SECOND HALF OF 16TH CENTURY, circa 1560-1580.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: very good general conditions. Please refer to the pictures.
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