"Chort" - Eight-arm cross pendant with an Agnus Dei image

Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo) (Italian, born in 1967)


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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Approximately 22 kt gold

On View

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


Contemporary Art, Europe, Jewelry



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)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift


© Akelo - Andrea Cagnetti