DescriptionThe Museum’s collection includes a delicate gold cross pendant inset with pearls (seventh–nineteenth century) from the Philippines. Throughout the nineteenth century, the Philippine islands were a Spanish province, with centuries of colonial occupation making the people predominantly Christian. Our adaptation, in gold overlay with freshwater pearls, is based on the original pendant.
18K gold overlay with cultured freshwater pearls. Pendant: 1 1/2''L; Chain: 18''L. Lobster claw closure.
- 18K gold overlay
- Lobster claw closure
- Chain: 18''LPendant: 1 1/2''L
Art HistoryEuropean exploration of the Pacific began with the Spanish and the Portuguese. By the late 1500s, the Spanish had colonized the Philippines, governing the islands from Mexico City between 1565 and 1821 as a territory of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Manila became one of the world’s great ports, serving as a trading hub between Europe and China. Spanish sailing vessels, called Manila galleons, carried silks, perfumes, porcelains, cottons, and other luxury goods on annual journeys from the Pacific to Acapulco, Mexico.