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brooch

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.2767

  • Description

    Brooch; gold; in the form of a pelican in her piety standing on a scroll; her breast set with a ruby; on the scroll a small bird, five attachments for gems, and set with a diamond; inscribed with the letters 'YMTH'.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29.5 millimetres
    • Width: 35.8 millimetres
    • Depth: 13.3 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        scroll
      • Inscription Content

        YMTH
  • Curator's comments

    Court fashion for animal jewels in late 15th Century : in 1447 Duke Amadeo VIII of Savoy commissioned thirteen pelican brooches as New Year gifts for his family, each one made of gold set with a ruby. See Robinson 2008, p. 72 for reference.

  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 no267 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a no325 bibliographic details
    • Robinson 2008 p. 72 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc14/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2010 22 Jun-10 Oct, Spain, Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Domenico Ghirlandaio: Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni
    1977 London, BM, Animals in Art

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.2767

Brooch; gold; form of Pelican in her Piety; inscribed scroll; pelican has ruby en cabochon in centre of chest; diamond on scroll; two loops on back.

Brooch; gold; form of Pelican in her Piety; inscribed scroll; pelican has ruby en cabochon in centre of chest; diamond on scroll; two loops on back.

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