Parrot pendant

Unknown1560 - 1570

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum
Pforzheim, Germany

Like many other lavishly decorated pieces of jewellery featuring animal motifs, the precious parrot pendant was probably created in Augsburg shortly after the mid-16th century. The parrot is regarded as a symbol of the Virgin Mary and thus as an expression of female virtues. Iconographically, the snail and the white rabbit accompanying the magnificent bird are also associated with Mary.


  • Title: Parrot pendant
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1560 - 1570
  • Location: Southern Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: w5.2 cm
  • Provenance: © Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim | Donation of the Werner Wild Foundation
  • Type: Jewellery
  • Photographer: Guenther Meyer
  • Medium: Gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls, enamel

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