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Crown of the Virgin of Los Desamparados

  • Crown of the Virgin of Los Desamparados. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    Crown of the Virgin of Los Desamparados. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura



Precious metalwork

Original title

Corona de la Virgen de los Desamparados
Santa Cruz Museum
Toledo, Castile-La Mancha

Crown of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls and enamel made in Guatemala for Francisco Díaz de Salazar

It is in the form of an openwork basket and is decorated with volutes, lattice, pineapples, floral motifs and cherubs. The whole piece is set with coloured enamels, quartz, topaz, emeralds, diamonds, amethysts and natural pearls.
The lower edge has an inscription alluding to the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary. The double arch which crowns the piece is decorated with pear-shaped pendant emeralds, and on the reverse there is another inscription which states that the crown belongs to the Virgin of Los Desamparados in Toledo, that it was given as alms by Francisco Díaz de Salazar, and was made by Andrés Martínez in the city of San Francisco, Guatemala, who finished it in 1641.

Details of the work

Santiago Church


Height = 0.250 m; Width = 0.215 m

Smelting technique

Gold, precious stones and pearl


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