The repoussé technique, which was in use since Greek and Roman times, allows one to create a pattern with metalwork by hammering the reverse to produce a design in low relief. A variety of different metals were used such as silver, bronze, copper or gold, much like this beautiful example, to embellish vessels, ornaments and jewellery.
Medieval Gold Repoussé Pendant
A delicate Medieval gold sheet pendant featuring a decorative cross motif. Made from a single piece of hammered gold, the pendant features a teardrop-shaped body tapering at its top to form a suspension loop. A repousse cross, consisting of four impressed dots, decorates the body. The reverse is undecorated but clearly shows the repousse technique.
Provenance: Formerly from a late Japanese gentleman's collection, 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine condition with signs of ageing.