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Pendant Book: MAR.M.281-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Pendant Book


Maker: Unknown




Silver-gilt, with leaves made of silver and engraved with scenes from the Passion. Perhaps for attaching to a rosary, with pendant amethyst. Scenes: Annunciation, Nativity, Last Supper, Agony in the Garden, Kiss of Judas, Christ before Pilate, Scourying of Christ, The Mocking of Christ, Christ Carrying the Cross, the Erection of the Cross, Christ being Nailed to the Cross, the Crucifixion Deposition, Entombment, Resurrection, Christ Child Enthroned, a Pope and a female Saint.


History note: Unknown before Charles Brinsely Marlay (1831-112)

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6 cm
Width: 2.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century-17th Century?
Circa 1500 CE - Circa 1700 CE


The small pendant bead, originally identified as amethyst was re-identified on the FORS spectrum as Corundum, a varicoloured pale blue to purple sapphire, in 2014.

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Accession number: MAR.M.281-1912
Primary reference Number: 139871
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 April 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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