Medallion with Saints Peter and Paul

Italian (Venice)
second half of 13th century

Object Place: Europe, Venice, Italy


2.1 x 1.6 cm (13/16 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass paste

Not On View





Translucent green molded medallion representing the Adoration of the Cross in relief. Flanking the cross, Peter and Paul stand on a groundline with their inner arms raised. Two reversed Ps appear above the figures’ heads. On the left, Paul with a pointed beard holds a sword, the instrument of his Passion, in his right arm. On the right, Peter has short hair and a closely cropped beard and holds keys, the ends of which have been broken off. The nimbi are a continuous line.


By 1940, with Kirkor Minassin, New York, NY; 1940, sold by Kirkor Minassian and bought by the MFA through the Samuel Putnam Avery Fund for $25. (Accession date: November 14, 1940)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund