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It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

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Micromosaic Necklace

ca. 1840
1 x 16 15/16 x 3/8 in. (2.5 x 43 x 1 cm)

Unknown, Italian

Object Type: Jewelry
Medium and Support: Glass, gold and onyx
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Mary Wright
Accession Number: 1929.79a
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Location: Not currently on view

This intricate souvenir jewelry set features 15 different Roman architectural wonders commonly visited by Grand Tourists, including the Pantheon, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s, the Forum Romanum, and the Column of Trajan. The small scenes are produced in micromosaic, using tiny oblong tesserae of glass and stone in numbers up to 1,400 per square inch. Micromosaic jewelry remained fashionable in Europe through the mid-1870s.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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