Necklace

Italian
about 1870
Antonio Civilotti (Italian, 1798–1870)


Dimensions

Overall: 0.8 x 41 x 6 cm (5/16 x 16 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.) Other (clasp): 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

15.231

Medium or Technique

Glass micromosaic, mounted in gold

On View

Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Gallery 104)

Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

Gold necklace with glass micromosaic ornaments of Rome’s imperial past. Central portrait of Julius Caesar includes Latin inscription “I am the Leader.”


Antonio Civilotti, the goldsmith who crafted this exquisite necklace, incorporated micromosaic ornaments symbolizing Rome’s imperial past. The central portrait is of Julius Caesar, Rome’s dictator during the mid-first century b.c., and includes a Latin inscription that means “I am the leader.” The necklace’s other allusions to Rome’s glorious past include the eagle, the initials SPQR (Senate and Roman people), and the fasces, a bundle of sticks with a double ax that symbolized power and jurisdiction.

Inscription

Stamped indistinctly on clasp c777, crossed keys and crown ?

Provenance

1915, Caroline Louise Williams French; 1915, bequest of Caroline Louise Williams French to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 1, 1915)

Credit Line

Bequest of Caroline Louise Williams French