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pendant / cameo

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.2654

  • Description

    Cameo; onyx; bust of Elizabeth I to left, wearing a high ruff; mounted as a pendant in a gold pendant of radiate openwork design, enamelled white and red, set with eight table-cut rubies, one of triangular form at apex of the jewel.

  • Date

    • 1570-1590
    • 17thC(early) (mount)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 240 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
    Mounted as a pendant in an enamelled and jewelled gold mount of the early seventeenth century.

    One of a group of around 30 camoes of the Queen made c 1575-1603 which, according to evidence from John Evelyn's diary, were worn many years after her death. Spoke design is unusual , one appears on cameo of Mary Stuart in National Museum of Scotland, purchased 1939, see Proceedings of the Antiquaries of Scotland, LXXIV, pp. 137-8, plate LIV. DFT

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  • Bibliography

    • Doran 2003 198b bibliographic details
    • Somers Cocks 1980 33 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1915 379 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1976 391 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 547 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1976 no. 391 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G46/dc6/s2/p1/no16

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2003 1 May-15 Sept, London, National Maritime Museum, Elizabeth I

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.2654

Cameo; onyx; bust of Elizabeth I to left, wearing a high ruff; mounted as a pendant in a later gold mount, enamelled and set with garnet.

Cameo; onyx; bust of Elizabeth I to left, wearing a high ruff; mounted as a pendant in a later gold mount, enamelled and set with garnet.

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