Antique Medieval 15th Century German Silver Cross Pendant
Rare antique, medieval, Gothic period, late 15th century circa 1450-1500 A.D. Southern German, solid silver pendant depicting crucifixion as Stabat Mater. The pendant is cast "in the round," with incised decoration. The obverse shows Christ, crucified on a cross, represented as the Tree of Life with the engraved octagonal terminal on the top, surmounted by a suspension loop with a pierced hole fixed with a flexible ring. A bulbous engraved terminal is on the bottom with a skull above which is representing mount Golgotha.
The head of Christ is adorned by raised sun rays behind his head. A windswept perizonium is tied at the waist. The hands and crossed feet are nailed to the cross by minute nails, the cross is flanked by mourning figures of the Virgin Mary to his left and St John Apostle to his right standing on their own pedestals joined by graceful bars in the form of the branches, and both have an openwork halo around their heads. The reverse is beautifully detailed, showing the branches of the tree and the backs of the gowns of the Virgin Mary to his left and St John Apostle to his right.
This pendant is crafted from solid high grade 900 silver (unmarked but tested).
CONDITION: The figures are worn, but still, all display fine detail. When we acquired the pendant, the silver had a dark patina. We tried to polish the pendant, but we were unable to remove the patina completely, so the pictures do not show the fine details of the pendant.
MEASUREMENTS: 5.8 cm x 2.7 cm (2.28 inches x 1.06 inches)
WEIGHT: 17 grams (0.6 ounces)
1. Jewelry, ancient to modern by Anne Garside: Pages 173-174. No 483
2. Schmuck von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim 1980, Nr. 118.
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3. Comparable pendant is published in the Hermann-Historica catalogue Germany 08 October 2009 Lot N0.364. Price: Euro 4000
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