"Chort" - Eight-arm cross pendant with an Agnus Dei image
Height x width x depth: 9.4 x 9.4 x 0.5 cm (3 11/16 x 3 11/16 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Approximately 22 kt gold
Not On View
The pendant takes the form of an eight-arm cross with a central medallion featuring an image of the Lamb of Christ (Agnus Dei). Using a technique developed by the ancient Etruscans (7th-6th century B.C.), the image is made of tiny gold balls (granulation) set against a starry background which is also decorated with small gold spheres. Twisted wires radiate from the medallion while the eight arms of the cross are made of gold sheet with a surface decorated with wirework and granulation. Two borings in the arms next to the central vertical element have sheet metal bails and are points of attachment for a chain or ribbon. On the left bail, there are the marks 900 [approximately 22 kt] within a cartouche and 72 VT [artist’s registry no.] within a second cartouche.
Marked 900 within a cartouche and 72 VT within a second cartouche on the left bail.
The artist; January 2008, sold by the artist to private collector, Waltham, MA; 2008, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2008)
© Akelo - Andrea Cagnetti