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Description

An exquisite eighteenth-century wrought-iron screen, or reja, from the Cathedral of Valladolid, Spain, creates a dramatic focal point in the Museums Medieval Sculpture Hall. Our Spanish Openwork Pearl Earrings are based on an ornate medallion that crowns the top of the 52-foot-high reja, which provides the elegant backdrop to the Museums beloved Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crche during the holiday season. These striking earrings capture the opulence of the original medallion.

18K gold overlay, with cultured freshwater pearls. Pierced, with gold-filled ear wires. 1 1/2''L.

  • 18K gold overlay
  • Cultured freshwater pearls
  • 1 1/2''L
  • Pierced
  • Gold-filled ear wires

Art History

Originally commissioned by Isidro Cosio y Bustamente, bishop of Valladolid, the reja (screen) was installed in the nave of the cathedral in 1763, with painting and gilding completed the following year. Rafal Ameza, an iron master from Elorrio, Viscaya, is believed to have created the stunning, three-tiered tour de force of delicate spindles and foliated ornament, due to its similarities to his documented ironwork at the Cathedral of Cuenca, Spain. The Museums reja is closely based on Renaissance models, which became popular in Spanish churches in the early sixteenth century. Screens of this type functioned as dividers within the church, separating the public while also symbolizing the churchs importance as an intermediary between heaven and earth.

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Description

An exquisite eighteenth-century wrought-iron screen, or reja, from the Cathedral of Valladolid, Spain, creates a dramatic focal point in the Museums Medieval Sculpture Hall. Our Spanish Openwork Pearl Earrings are based on an ornate medallion that crowns the top of the 52-foot-high reja, which provides the elegant backdrop to the Museums beloved Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crche during the holiday season. These striking earrings capture the opulence of the original medallion.

18K gold overlay, with cultured freshwater pearls. Pierced, with gold-filled ear wires. 1 1/2''L.





  • 18K gold overlay
  • Cultured freshwater pearls
  • 1 1/2''L
  • Pierced
  • Gold-filled ear wires




Art History

Originally commissioned by Isidro Cosio y Bustamente, bishop of Valladolid, the reja (screen) was installed in the nave of the cathedral in 1763, with painting and gilding completed the following year. Rafal Ameza, an iron master from Elorrio, Viscaya, is believed to have created the stunning, three-tiered tour de force of delicate spindles and foliated ornament, due to its similarities to his documented ironwork at the Cathedral of Cuenca, Spain. The Museums reja is closely based on Renaissance models, which became popular in Spanish churches in the early sixteenth century. Screens of this type functioned as dividers within the church, separating the public while also symbolizing the churchs importance as an intermediary between heaven and earth.


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