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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

a precious beggar

The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art CC0 1.0)
Once upon a time, someone with a sense of humor and a healthy income had this pearly mooch for a pendant. Its design and craft has been attributed to a Spanish goldsmith working around 1580 to 1590, a late Renaissance piece, when pendants were a very popular form of jewelry.  Here's a pretty good page on this subject.

1 comment:

parlance said...

A tooth pick pendant sounds quite useful, but would probably send a modern ear specialist into a tizz. After all, the modern 'rule' is, 'Don't put anything bigger than your elbow into your ear canal.'