British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Hat jewel; gold; Judgement of Paris in relief; enamelled; set with chrysoprase and sapphire; whole within border of garnets; Paris dressed in cuirass and buskins, seated on chrysoprase and presenting apple to Venus, who is being crowned by a flying Cupid, while behind stands Cupid himself; next stands Juno and Minerva at back, her shield formed of oval sapphire; Mercury stands beside Paris; modern back, mounted as a brooch.


  • Title: hat-ornament~brooch
  • Date Created: 1525/1575
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 4.15cm; Width: 4.84cm (max.); Depth: 1.40cm; Weight: 35.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: enamelled; relief; cast
  • Subject: myth/legend; classical deity
  • Registration number: WB.152
  • Production place: Made in Italy. Made in France
  • Material: gold; peridot; enamel; garnet; sapphire
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection Mount Charles. Previous owner/ex-collection Conyngham, Elizabeth

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