Pax, surmounted by a figure of Christ, holding the banner of the Resurrection

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Milan, Italy, early 16th century.
Silver-gilt, chased, with stamped designs, and rubies set in rosettes.

The Adoration of the Magi, at center, is based upon a painting by Vincenzo Poppa, now in the National Gallery, London. The Pax was produced in the same goldsmith's atelier as the Pax of Francesco Sforza II in Vigevano, a Pax in the Louvre, and a cross dated 1511 in the Museo Poldi Pezzuoli, Milan.

Charles Stein, Paris, 1899; J.H. FitzHenry, London; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan.

Rectangular enamel plaque in the shape of altar. In the front is depicted the "Adoration of the Magi", and around it medallions with different saints. In the back, a scene of the "Garden of Eden" (?). A small Christ in bronze stands on the top of the plaque. On the back there is a ram's head in bronze, and at each side are winged figures in bronze.