Reliquary pendant

UnknownAbout 1400

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum
Pforzheim, Germany

Jewellery in the "autumn of the Middle Ages" was dominated by religious themes, even though secular luxury was beginning to spread. A Burgundian pendant, which was inherited by Emperor Charles V in the mid-16th century and was owned later on by an English aristocratic family, perfectly exemplifies the interpenetration of religion and secular opulence in the late Middle Ages.


  • Title: Reliquary pendant
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: About 1400
  • Location: Burgundy
  • Physical Dimensions: h6.1 cm
  • Provenance: © Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim | On permanent loan from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden-Württemberg
  • Type: Jewellery
  • Photographer: Guenther Meyer
  • Medium: Gold, rock crystal, enamel

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