A Renaissance gold and enamel pendant of the Dove of the Holy Spirit.
Spanish, late 16th – early 17th century.
Measures 3.6 x 4.1 x 1.9cm and 6.4cm high when suspended.
The Dove is shown with outstretched wings, perched upon a branch and about to take flight. Extensively decorated in champlevé white enamel and studded with table cut rubies, most of which upon its breast in which eleven rubies encircle a large baroque pearl. Three chains attached to the birds head and wings are suspended from a single pendant bail, set with a ruby to each side.
The piece of gold set with a ruby that attaches the wings to the back of the pendant appears to be an old repair.
The Dove is a symbol for the Holy Spirit, inspired by Jesus’s baptism. The dove has been used among many Christian denominations as a symbol for the Holy Spirit as well as a general symbol for peace, purity, and new beginnings.
Image 10: The Pelican in her Piety Pendant, ca. 1550-1575. Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, accession number; 335-1870
Image 11: Pendant in the form of a parrot, late 16th–early 17th century. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession Number: 1982.60.390
Image 12: Eagle Pendant, circa 1600-1630. Collection of the Hispanic Museum & Library, New York, accession Number: R3499
Image 13: Enamelled gold pendant in the form of an eagle, late 16th century. Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, accession number; M.243-1975
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