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"Ecclesiastical Pendant"

Russia, late 17th Century
Silver, gold, emeralds (23.70 carats), uncut diamonds (3.88 carats), sapphire (4.50 carats), enamel
8 3/4 x 3 7/8 in (22.1 x 9.9 cm)
From the Sacristy of the Monastery of the Savior, Yaroslavl
Inv. No. YMZ-7895

The central gem is engraved with an icon of Christ enthroned. Engraved gemstones with icons have a long history and many examples have been preserved from medieval Byzantium and Russia. The angels with crossed wings represent Seraphim who surround the throne of Christ.

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