Pendant depicting The Coronation of the Virgin

French (probably Paris)
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1410–20

Object Place: Europe, France


Overall: 8 x 5.7 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Elephant ivory a jour relief, painted, set under rock crystal in a silver-gilt and nielloed frame

Not On View




Ritual objects

Pendant composed of carved ivory plaque of Coronation of the Virgin in color with rock crystal cover held by serrated bezel with rope edge. Back silver panel of niello flowers similarly held, ajoure frame of floral work with buds at corners and at top for ring.


Martin Heckscher (d. 1897), Vienna; May 4-6, 1898, posthumous Heckscher sale, Christie's, London, lot 242, to the Staatliche Museen (later the Schlossmuseum), Berlin (inventory no. 1898.220) [see note 1]; 1930s, sold by the Schlossmuseum to Johannes Hinrichsen (dealer), Zurich [see note 2]; 1954, sold by Hinrichsen to the MFA for $1056. (Accession Date: September 9, 1954)

[1] W. F. Volbach, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke, vol. 1, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin and Leipzig, 1923), p. 41, no. 98,220. Many thanks to Sven Haase, Deputy Director, Zentralarchiv, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, for confirming this information (October 13, 2016).

[2] According to MFA curator Hanns Swarzenski at the time of the pendant's purchase, "the object belonged to the Staatliche Museum of Berlin and...was sold to Mr. Hinrichsen shortly before World War II."

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund