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Pope Pius VI (1717;1775-1799): M.5-1977

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pope Pius VI (1717;1775-1799)


Maker: Unknown




Shell cameo bust of Giovanni Angelo Braschi, Pope Pius VI (1717; 1775-1799), in profile to right, white against a pitch ground, mounted in a gold brooch. The Pope wears a skull-cap, tunic, cape withhood, and stole embroidered with crosses alternating with palmettes. Reserved border.


History note: Purchased from Mr F. E. Goold, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977-03-08) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Production date: circa AD 1780


The mottled background was caused by the pitch backing shrinking away from the shell

Components of the work

Cameo composed of shell Height 3.9 cm Width 3.3 cm
Brooch composed of gold

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1977
Primary reference Number: 119037
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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