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The Archangel Michael: M.73 & A-1930

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Current Location: In storage


The Archangel Michael


Maker: Unknown




Branched red coral, carved in relief in the form of a winged figure of the Archangel Michael, who wears a plumed helmet, tunic, breastplate(?), billowing cloak and long, sandle-like boots. He holds an orb and cross in his left hand and a sword aloft in his right as he stands upon the legs of the vanquished Devil, who lies curved beneath his feet. The faun-like Devil has a horned head and goat's legs and hooves. His right hand points upwards towards the angel's right leg. His left hand rests on, or holds, below his head, the body of a curved snake that extends from behind the Devil’s left arm; its dog-like head in profile below the Devil’s own.

On the back, inset into the coral in two places, are two damaged gold-alloy mounts (a hinge-plate, above, and a catch-plate, below; both broken and incomplete) for a vertical hinged brooch-pin, now missing. The hinge-plate has remnants of silver-copper alloy on top, probably silver solder. In separate case (A).


History note: For possible earlier provenance, see Free field (public) ; Frank Smart Collection; T.J.G. Duncanson, MA, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


17th Century-18th Century#
Circa 1600 - 1800

Components of the work

Part composed of gold alloy ( Two broken fittings from missing brooch pin, on reverse. The colour suggests gold-copper alloy, probably 9ct gold. The upper mount additionally has remnants of silver solder (silver-copper alloy). Both mounts are adhered to the reverse with old discoloured adhesive, perhaps animal glue.) coral
Silver Solder

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.73 & A-1930
Primary reference Number: 119034
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 17 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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