A baroque pearl masterpiece.
The Sea Dragon Pearl Pendant — created for royalty in the 16th Century — was inspired by the designs of Erasmus Hornick, a Renaissance Bavarian jewelry craftsman. The pendant was designed specifically around the shape of the baroque pearl, a common practice of jewelers and craftsman during the time. It is believed the pearl pendant was created by one of Hornick's successors in Bavaria circa 1575.
Almost the entirety of the sea dragon's body is covered in pearls. The pearls create an oval shape in the center of the piece and continue to the sea dragon's tail. The pendant is also comprised of gold, green and brown enamel. Additional pearls hang from chain on both ends of the sea dragon.
The Sea Dragon Pearl Pendant is currently on public display in the Waddesdon Bequest of the British Museum.