Insignia medallion

Insignia medallion

19th century
Artist
unknown maker
Country
Colombia, Ecuador
medallion
Gold filigree and cast gold
Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family
1990.537
unknown maker. Insignia medallion. 19th century. Gold filigree and cast gold. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family. 1990.537.
This object is currently on view
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Insignia medallions were popular among both men and women in the colonial era. Women often wore them suspended from choker necklaces; men wore them hanging from pins on their chests, much like military medals today. This filigree medallion bears the IHS monogram (the first three letters of Christ’s name in Greek), a symbol often associated with the Jesuit order.
-- Julie Wilson Frick, 2017

Known Provenance
Gifted 26 December 1990 by the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family, to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America (December 2014 - November 2016, Denver Art Museum)