Dorton Pendant

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This tiny (2cm), but beautiful gold pendant has Christian religious images on both sides and dates to around 1450-1500. The very detailed carving shows St Thomas Beckett on one side, and The Annunciation on the other (where the angel Gabriel kneels before the Virgin Mary). In Medieval times, faith was central to most aspects of life, and wearing religious jewellery was one way a person could show their devotion. The background of the pendant was originally very colourful with blue and white enamel, but only traces of it remain.

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