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Seventeenth century christening medal

Seventeenth century christening medal
Seventeenth century christening medal - Image 1

Description

Fire gilt silver christening pendant/medal or perhaps a pilgrims badge. German ca 1660. The counter loop is sovdered on so as to ba able to put a chain through.
The front is with a child Christ holding the orb antd the back is with the inscription “Ich bin der weg die warheit und das leben ” = “I am the way the truth and the life ” John (14.6 )

ORB, emblem of royal power, usually made of precious metal and jewels and consisting of a sphere surmounted by a cross. The ball as a symbol of the cosmos, or of the universe as a harmonious whole, is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative.

Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. Rulers were often depicted with the orb, but the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch.

Measurements : 3×3 cm

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