A fish shaped pendant. Egyptian crystal and French silver mount. Around 1000.
Around the mouth is nielloed (inlaid in black) the Lombardic inscription ‘AVE: MARIA: GRACIA: PL[E]NA’. This Christian inscription means ‘Hail Mary, full of Grace’, and frequently occurs on medieval objects, probably reflecting their owner’s devotion to the Virgin Mary.

A fish shaped pendant. Egyptian crystal and French silver mount. Around 1000.

Around the mouth is nielloed (inlaid in black) the Lombardic inscription ‘AVE: MARIA: GRACIA: PL[E]NA’. This Christian inscription means ‘Hail Mary, full of Grace’, and frequently occurs on medieval objects, probably reflecting their owner’s devotion to the Virgin Mary.