As the planet becomes at once smaller and more complex, the public needs a vital arts scene, one that will inspire us to understand who we are and how we got here—and one that will help us to see other countries, like China, not as enemies in a mercenary trade war but as partners in a complicated world.
—  Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY Times, 2017)

Anonymous French artist - Pendant medallion with Michael slaying the dragon. N.d., between 1470 and 1480

This badge marked a member of the Order of Saint Michael, founded by Louis XI of France in 1469. The order’s motto describing the archangel, “Terror of the Immense Ocean,” may explain the choice of mother-of-pearl.