Reliquary Pendant for the Holy Thorn The British Museum, London Copyright © The Trustees of the British Museum The Holy Thorn, from the Crown of Thorns worn by Christ before and during the Crucifixion (Matt. 27:29), was a celebrated relic during the Middle Ages. The thorn in this reliquary may have come from the Crown of Thorns that was purchased by King Louis IX of France (St. Louis) in 1238 from the Latin Emperor of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Baldwin II.
A quatrefoil-shaped harness pendant of the medieval period (13-14 C). Cast copper alloy. It bears a decorative design consisting of a central six-petalled flower and adjoining foliage in each lobe. The flower is inlaid with blue enamel, and the field with red enamel. Most of the enamel survives, but the suspension loop is broken. 33.8mm x 29.6mm, 9.12g. UKDFD 44750
Dragonesque Brooch Roman Britain, 1st or 2nd century AD The ‘dragonesque’ form of this brooch is typically Romano-British: first appearing after the start of the Roman conquest of southern England in AD 43, but embodying native artistic taste. Dragonesque brooches were not only decorative objects, but also functional fasteners - a strongly-curved pin (missing on this example) would have held a thick fold of cloth. (Source: The British Musuem)
Another example of a Dragonesque Romano-British brooch. From the website's description: "The underlying, abstract, Iron Age design is that of two cornucopias, joined ‘mouth to mouth’ at the centre. However, where the ‘mouths’ of the cornucopia would have butted, the ‘S’ shape has been expanded to allow for extensive enamelling."
Gorny und Mosch Cloisonné-Technik.11,75g, L 3,2cm. Runder Anhänger mit breiter Öse Vorderseite Büste von Christus mit Nimbus, Codex und Segensgestus, r. u. l. Inschrift: IC - ΧC (= Jesus Christus). vierblättrige Kreuzblüte, in den Zwickeln Dreiecke. Gold! Intakt. Aus Münchner Privatsammlung Zur Ikonografie: L. Wamser (Hrsg.), Die Welt von Byzanz - Europas östliches Erbe (2004) S. 155. Vergleichsstück: G. Haseloff, Email im frühen Mittelalter (1990) S. 69 Abb. 44c.
BYZANTINE JEWELRY 13TH CENTURY St Demetrius within a gold and enamel pendant reliquary, Byzantine, 13th century. St Demetrius lying in his shrine in the church of his name at Thessaloniki. The enamelled panel with the saint is actually a hinged flap which opens to reveal a gold effigy of the saint and a place for his relics.
A BYZANTINE GOLD AND ENAMEL DISK CIRCA 10TH-12TH CENTURY A.D. Originally an element in a necklace, the round box setting containing a cloissoné enamel six-point rosette of red, green and white enamel on a blue ground, with a row of granulated triangles along its lower edge, with two opposing attachment loops of coiled wire 11/16 in. (1.8 cm.) diameter