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Portrait Medallion of Carniades (214/3-129/8 BC): C.54-1982

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Portrait Medallion of Carniades (214/3-129/8 BC)


Factory: Wedgwood




Black basalt. Oval with head of Carniades in profile to right, the name KARN impressed below the truncation.


History note: Formerly Wellcome Institute no. A 162069. Purchased 'Glen: 34/16 & 17/x/33'.

Legal notes

Given by the Wellcome Trustees in accordance with the order of Mr Justice Foster, 21st March 1977

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.1 cm
Width: 3.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1982-07-19) by Wellcome Trustees


Late 18th or early 19th century
George III
Circa 1790 - 1820


Carneades (modern spelling) was a philosopher.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

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Materials used in production

Black basalt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.54-1982
Primary reference Number: 11200
Old object number: A 162069
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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