The Gates of Heaven icon pendant symbolizes Paradise by a cathedral threshold. Lift the cross and open the gates to reveal an image of the Virgin Mary as depicted in a c.1428 painting of her in the Ghent Altarpiece. Even after the Reformation, miniatures such as this were used for ornament, inspiration and private devotions.
It can be worn on its ultra-long, vintage rope chain, or removed for use.
Pendant is 2.5” long x 1.25” wide Heavy 14K gold plate, ornamented in enamels and crystal