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Pendant, Venice, late 16th century. 3.3 inches. AF.2859. British Museum © The Trustees of the British Museum

Pendant; gold; enamelled and jewelled; shaped, pierced plaque; Virgin(?) with chalice; quatrefoil pendant at base between two chains attached to pelican in her piety with jewelled wings and baroque pearl for breast; below: monster in coral attached by loops from which hang three quatrefoils with pearl at base of each.