Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Number 49: Hockley Pendant

This is an attractive and finely carved gold reliquary pendant from Hockley in Essex. On one face is an image of the Virgin Mary carrying the cross, while the other features a representation of the blood of Christ. Around the four sides are inscribed the names of the Three Magi. The pendant features a sliding lid, which would have granted access to a relic.

Photo Credit Portable Antiquities Scheme

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