Dating to 1850, I am thrilled to present this magnificent, double-sided devotional jewel for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 3 3/8" x 2 1/2" in its hand-wrought sterling-grade silver pendant frame, this is one of three Cuzco school devotional jewels I will be listing this week! These double-sided devotional miniatures are painted in oil on copper, and are housed in custom-made sterling-grade silver frames (unmarked but tested)! These images were painted by Dominican monks at convents in Lima, Peru, and would have been owned by high-ranking members of the Church.
This example depicts St. Rosa of Lima on the front, and a guardian angel on the reverse, painted in oils with gold leaf highlights. Saint Rosa of Lima, (April 20, 1586 – August 24, 1617), was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts. A lay member of the Dominican Order, she has been declared a saint by the Catholic Church, being the first person born in the Americas to be canonized as a saint. She is one of the most important of the Peruvian saints, and is depicted as a nun, wearing a white veil over her shoulders, and dressed in a white gown and blue cloak. Her veil, sleeves and cloak are highlighted in gold, giving the image even more richness. She holds her hands in prayer, and looks up to Heaven. The rose crown is indicative of her name.
The reverse of the pendant depicts a guardian angel sitting on a cloud, dressed in a blue and gold sash, and holding a mirror. The angel is painted as a young boy, and his pink wings drape over his shoulders. The image of the mirror signified a reminder to look inwards, not outwards, for salvation. JUST SPLENDID! Both of these miniatures are housed in the hand-wrought silver pendant frame you see here, which displays a cross at the top. Best of all, this devotional jewel is in 100% all-original condition after almost 200 years, with no damage to the images, frame, or crystals covering the images! Today, this double-sided devotional jewel could be worn as a pendant - it is truly a work of fine art - or it could be displayed with other South American works of art in a cabinet.
Simply a sublime example of an early 19th-century Peruvian art, this wearable wonder will make a thrilling addition to any collection of Peruvian or devotional jewelry. It would also make a fabulous gift for any lady or gentleman who has an interest in the Dominican order, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this exquisite example; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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