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Miniature portrait sculpture: CG 540

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Current Location: Gallery 21






Half-length bust of a male child. He has full cheeks and his hair is arranged in a series of waving locks. His body is draped, apart from his hands, which clutch two pine-cones of different sizes, and ear of corn and a leaf. These are, of course, Dionysiac and suggestive of an other worldly interpretation; also two wings, now largely cut away, more properly belong to Eros.


History note: Shannon bequest

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The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 57 mm
Width: 38 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


2nd Century#
Circa 100 - Circa 200

School or Style

Roman Imperial

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CG 540
Primary reference Number: 124618
Gem catalogue number: GR.114.1937
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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