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Pendant: MAR.M.275-1912

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Maker: Unknown




Enamelled gold pendant with volutes and ivy leaves linked by ribbonwork, with three black pearls hanging from the frame. Set with a sardonyx cameo, amber on creamy white over grey, with 'classical' female head wearing a bandeau and earring, her coiffure covered at the back with a veil tied in a knot at the soulder, facing in profile to the right. The back of the pendant encloses an oval moss agate.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, Late
Circa 1580 - 1600


The mount is not original and is probably a little later than the cameo

School or Style


Components of the work

Cameo composed of sardonyx ( amber on creamy white over grey) Height 2.6 cm Width 1.9 cm
Setting composed of gold ( enamelled)
Back composed of agate ( moss)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.275-1912
Primary reference Number: 119029
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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