An exquisite 18th century devotional pendant featuring the Virgin Mary and St Augustine of Hippo painted on vellum. The Virgin is the patron saint of all humanity, and St Augustine is the patron saint of brewers. Why brewers? This is because of his conversion from a life of hedonism and ambition to one of Catholic piety. His turnaround is said to serve as inspiration for people who struggle with vice or habits that they want to break.
14k gold (tests), glass, paintings on vellum, new 14k gold chain
Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; may have been remounted, the bale is almost certainly a later addition
7/8" length including the bale, 1/2" width, 18" chain
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1603 — 1714
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The double-clefted heart icon was born in the Middle Ages.