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Portrait Medallion of Brutus (c. 85-42 BC): C.63-1982

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Portrait Medallion of Brutus (c. 85-42 BC)


Factory: Wedgwood




Black basalt. Oval with head of Brutus in profile to right, the name 'BRVTVS' impressed below the truncation


History note: Formerly Wellcome Institute no. A. 162071. Purchased 'Glen: 34/16 & 17/x/33. (Mr. Webb).'

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.4 cm
Width: 3.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Circa 1790 - 1820


Marcus Junius Brutus was leader of the group who assassinated Julius Caesar in 44 BC.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

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Materials used in production

Black basalt

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: BRVTVS
  • Location: Below the truncation
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.63-1982
Primary reference Number: 11253
Old object number: A. 162071
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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