Rock crystal pendant, shaped as a locket with two views, gold-mounted. On one side is a scene of Golgotha, composed of small figures in carved ivory. The other is an exceptional "memento mori", showing a skeleton in enamelled gold, a hand holding the hourglass of Time and the other a deadly arrow. Milan, late 16th century - early 17th century.
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The oval gold locket enameled with black and white pea-pod ornament at the sides is mounted on the lid with a sapphire cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and with an onyx cameo bust of Cleopatra with the asp on the back. Inside there is an enameled miniature of Charles I (1600-1648) facing front with a melancholy expression, wearing sash of the Order head standing out against a celestial blue ground. Locket: early 17th century, Cameo: second half of the 16th century.