19th Cent. Cuzco School 2 sided Oil Miniature Medal w Sterling Silver Chain - Extreme Rarity

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Presented here is a magnificent double sided devotional hand painted miniature of the Cuzco School in medal form, with a hand made heavy sterling silver chain to wear.

The miniature dates from early to mid XIX th century. It is hand painted in oil on copper . It is framed in a low grade Silver and copper hand made frame (tested but not hallmarked) with a glass to protect it.

The Cuzco School was a Roman Catholic artistic tradition based in Cusco, Peru (the former capital of the Inca Empire) during the Colonial period, in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. It was not limited to Cuzco only, but later spread to other cities in the Andes, as well as to present day Ecuador and Bolivia.

Size of the round medal is 45 mm (1.8 in) inner diameter - Its outside diameter without bail is 65 mm (2 .6 in ) and 75 mm ( 3 in.) with bail.

Total length of the Sterling chain is: 45 cm. ( 18 in) - Weight of the Sterling chain alone is a heavy 15.5 grams - 1/2 Troy ounce.

It is most probable that the medal and the chain do not have the same origin and different periods of manufacture. The chain is 100 percent hand made and is very probably early 20th century.

On one side of the medal is depicted San Juan ( St. John ) very recognizable with the lambs and on the other side is depicted the Archangel Raphael, very recognizable holding a fish.. Both figures are classics of the Cuzco School of painting and seen in may such paintings.

This extremely rare item, direct from my personal collection, is a fine work of miniature art in all its details. It is in pristine condition with practically 200 years of age.
It will be a fantastic item to add to any devotional jewelry collection, to wear and to offer for special occasions. Its beauty is enhanced by the fact that it is double sided.

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