Votive or Civic Badge with a Crowned Figure Kneeling before Christ

Votive or Civic Badge with a Crowned Figure Kneeling before Christ

c. 1300

Gold repoussé medallion under glass inset within a bronze clasp

Overall: 3.4 x 2.4 cm (1 5/16 x 15/16 in.)

Gift of the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art in honor of Mrs. Norman S. Jeavons 1985.61

Description

This brooch was probably made to fasten a ceremonial cloak, and may have been intended as a diplomatic gift or memento. The central composition parallels the main face of the famous gold coin, a ducat, of the Venetian Doge Giovanni Dandolo minted in 1288-1289. Unlike the coin, the medallion is neither struck or diecast; it is tooled and chased, making it one of a kind.

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