An 18th Century or much earlier silver box pendant containing a miniature Saint Anthony and child in carved wood and bone. A naive cross is chased into one face and the edges decorated with a chain and granulated balls of silver. As these folk art pendants were revered from the 15th to the 19th centuries it is difficult to date this one. It was originally bought in Valencia and the seller thought it was 15th century but I cant find conclusive proof of this.
Devotional ornaments were popular throughout Medieval Europe and the Americas. The Renaissance was an urban phenomenon but the more conservative rural areas were steeped in a more archaic medieval ethos for several hundred years.
Height 5 cms, width 2.2cms depth 1.4cms

Antique Portugese silver relicario devotional pendant miniature carved St Chr