Extremely Rare 16th Century Agnus Dei Medallion of Pope Pius V
Extremely Rare 16th Century Agnus Dei Medallion of Pope Pius V
Extremely Rare 16th Century Agnus Dei Medallion of Pope Pius V
Extremely Rare 16th Century Agnus Dei Medallion of Pope Pius V
Extremely Rare 16th Century Agnus Dei Medallion of Pope Pius V

16TH CENTURY ITALIAN SCHOOL (worked from c.1670)

Extremely Rare 16th Century Agnus Dei Medallion of Pope Pius V

c. 1670 Italy

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An Agnus Dei medallion of Pope Pius V (1566-72)

Presented in a later mahogany casket decorated with the coat of arms of Pope Pius V and a portrait of Pope Pius V on the inside cover.

Casket: Mahogany 13 ¾ x 13 ¾ x 3 ¼ inches Made and assembled in the 18th Century.

Casket cover embroidery: The arms of Pope Pius V in silver & gold thread on red velvet. (18th Century or earlier)

Agnus Dei mount: The wax disc is contained within a round centred panel decorated with scrolls of gold thread on red velvet (18th Century) and backed with a piece of 16th Century flat glass.

The Agnus Dei: Circa last quarter 16th Century. The front of the Agnus Dei (135 mm dia.) bears inscription in Latin: ‘ECCEA.DEI.QVI.TOLLIT. P.M’ and depicts Christ as the Lamb of God, bearing the flag of the resurrection. The lower part of the disc shows the arms of Pope Pius V.

The reverse disc bears inscription in Latin: ‘PIVS V. PONT M.A.VII’ and shows the resurrected Christ standing on a plinth holding the flag of resurrection, flanked by two guardians at rest, holding pole arms.[VII may record the regnal year as 1571/2?]

Pope Pius V (1566-72), one of two popes associated with the Counter Reformation, an intense period of reform for the Roman Catholic Church from the mid-16th Century and who enforced many of the reforms proposed by the Council of Trent, a series of theological debates held between 1545 and 1563.

Agnus Dei's were made from the candles blessed during the Easter ceremonies in Rome and regarded as holy. They are blessed by the Pope and kept as devotional objects, often in cases. They were first made in the ninth Century and often used as papal gifts. 'Agnus Dei' tablets can also be made from a mixture of wax and dust believed to be the bones of martyrs.

The Portrait of Pope Pius V: Tempura on vellum. Artist unknown, possibly by a monk. Rondo (13cm) 17th Century or earlier.

Exhibited: Dublin. World Refuge Year: Exhibition of Treasures (1959-60). No.243. Lent by Bridgewater (Old label verso).

Provenance: Possibly formerly in the Bridgewater Collection which counts among the most important collections of Old Master paintings still in private hands anywhere in the world. The collection was originally formed by Francis Egerton, the 3rd and last Duke of Bridgewater (21 May 1736 – 8 March 1803), known famously as “the Canal Duke”.
Private Collection Surrey.
Dimensions
External Height 13.75 inch (34.92 cm)
External Width 13.75 inch (34.92 cm)
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X6445
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