Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

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WB.156

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Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

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  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

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  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

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  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

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  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

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  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

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  • Pendant jewel; gold; set with cabochon emeralds; form of hippocamp ridden by small female figure wearing feather diadem and holding trident; body of animal chased with cartouches, enamelled, and set with graduated emeralds; scroll feet; suspends from doub

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  • Pendant jewel; gold; set with cabochon emeralds; form of hippocamp ridden by small female figure wearing feather diadem and holding trident; body of animal chased with cartouches, enamelled, and set with graduated emeralds; scroll feet; suspends from doub

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  • Pendant jewel; gold; set with cabochon emeralds; form of hippocamp ridden by small female figure wearing feather diadem and holding trident; body of animal chased with cartouches, enamelled, and set with graduated emeralds; scroll feet; suspends from doub

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  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnished and tooled gold; the scaly neck, body and tail are covered in a translucent enamel creating a varied green effect; the trefoil end of the tail is enamelled in translucent red with details in white and black. The scroll 'feet' (at the front) and the two fins (below) are enamelled in opaque light blue and white; similarly, the eyebrows are enamelled in opaque bright blue and the eyes in black. The underside, or belly, is burnished and tooled with a central 'spine' with an almost foliate relief design on either side, the curving 'veins' executed in black enamel. The 'spine' leads into a white-enamelled overlapping-ring motif that continues all the way along the tail to the trefoil tuft at the end of the tail, which is ornamented with three small pearls, pierced and riveted to the trefoil. The body of the hippocamp is encased in a triple strap-work cartouche, executed in relief in white enamel: the cartouche on the chest of the hippocamp is set with one triangular table-cut emerald, two oval cabochon emeralds and one small circular cabochon emerald; the cartouche on the front of the jewel is set with a very large irregular oval emerald; the cartouche on the opposite side is set with a similar but smaller emerald. The front of the curling tail is set with four graduated cabochon emeralds and, on the reverse, one pointed oval cabochon emerald. The neck of the hippocamp on the front is set with an elongated rectangular table-cut emerald; the centre of the forehead is set with a square table-cut emerald. The hippocamp has, therefore, a total of thirteen emeralds enriching its appearance.  The tiny rider is modelled separately and attached by a hidden prong to the tiny 'saddle' which is enamelled in white. The rider is depicted as a native female clad only in a skirt (enamelled in translucent red) and riding sidesaddle and bare-footed. On her head is a red-enamelled feathered head-dress which encircles her long, straight hair. In her right hand she holds a short gold trident, and through her other hand passes the gold wire of the hippo-camp's reins.  Two suspension loops, one between the hippocamp's ears and the other on top of the tail, have two short chains, each composed of two gold enamelled rosettes, set with a small pearl on the front, and decorated with white as well as translucent red and green enamel on the reverse. The two chains terminate in a 'cartouche' of white-enamelled strapwork, set with a square emerald (on the front) and an enamelled rosette (on the reverse) which corresponds with those on the chains; from the 'cartouche' hangs a large pearl pendant.

    Full: Front

  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnished and tooled gold; the scaly neck, body and tail are covered in a translucent enamel creating a varied green effect; the trefoil end of the tail is enamelled in translucent red with details in white and black. The scroll 'feet' (at the front) and the two fins (below) are enamelled in opaque light blue and white; similarly, the eyebrows are enamelled in opaque bright blue and the eyes in black. The underside, or belly, is burnished and tooled with a central 'spine' with an almost foliate relief design on either side, the curving 'veins' executed in black enamel. The 'spine' leads into a white-enamelled overlapping-ring motif that continues all the way along the tail to the trefoil tuft at the end of the tail, which is ornamented with three small pearls, pierced and riveted to the trefoil. The body of the hippocamp is encased in a triple strap-work cartouche, executed in relief in white enamel: the cartouche on the chest of the hippocamp is set with one triangular table-cut emerald, two oval cabochon emeralds and one small circular cabochon emerald; the cartouche on the front of the jewel is set with a very large irregular oval emerald; the cartouche on the opposite side is set with a similar but smaller emerald. The front of the curling tail is set with four graduated cabochon emeralds and, on the reverse, one pointed oval cabochon emerald. The neck of the hippocamp on the front is set with an elongated rectangular table-cut emerald; the centre of the forehead is set with a square table-cut emerald. The hippocamp has, therefore, a total of thirteen emeralds enriching its appearance.  The tiny rider is modelled separately and attached by a hidden prong to the tiny 'saddle' which is enamelled in white. The rider is depicted as a native female clad only in a skirt (enamelled in translucent red) and riding sidesaddle and bare-footed. On her head is a red-enamelled feathered head-dress which encircles her long, straight hair. In her right hand she holds a short gold trident, and through her other hand passes the gold wire of the hippo-camp's reins.  Two suspension loops, one between the hippocamp's ears and the other on top of the tail, have two short chains, each composed of two gold enamelled rosettes, set with a small pearl on the front, and decorated with white as well as translucent red and green enamel on the reverse. The two chains terminate in a 'cartouche' of white-enamelled strapwork, set with a square emerald (on the front) and an enamelled rosette (on the reverse) which corresponds with those on the chains; from the 'cartouche' hangs a large pearl pendant.

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  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

    Full: Front

  • Gold enamelled jewel pendant of a hippocamp with a female rider. Although fully modelled in the round, the front of this jewel is undoubtedly designed to be seen when the hippocamp is facing to the left. The head of the hippocamp and its mane are burnishe

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