Renaissance-Style Pendant with Judith Holding the Head of Holofernes

19th century

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This elaborate double-sided pendant depicts two biblical scenes. The side displayed here shows Judith with a sword in her right hand and the head of Holofernes in the other. With the help of her maid, she is about to drop the head into a bag. The other side of the pendant portrays David, about to swing his sling at Goliath, who appears in the dress of a Roman military leader.


  • Title: Renaissance-Style Pendant with Judith Holding the Head of Holofernes
  • Creator: Reinhold Vasters (German, 1827-1909)
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Subject Keywords: pendant; Renaissance; Judith; Holofernes; David; Goliath
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Jeweler: Reinhold Vasters (German, 1827-1909)
  • Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris 1893, Lot 1840 [Sale catalogue plate XLVII]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1893, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: pendants (jewelry)
  • Medium: gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies, pearls
  • Exhibitions: Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009., Artful Deception: The Craft of the Forger. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City; Portland Museum of Art, Portland; The Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, Nashville; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester; The Barnum Museum, Bridgeport. 1987-1992., Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010., Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980., Court Jewels of the Renaissance 1500-1630. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1980-1981.
  • Dimensions: 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1893
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.424

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