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Miniature portrait sculpture: CG 540

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 21

Maker(s)

Unknown

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Description

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.

Notes

History note: Shannon bequest

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 57 mm
Width: 38 mm

Relative size of this object

3.8 m5.7 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

2nd century A.D.
Circa 100 - Circa 200

School or Style

Roman Imperial

Components of the work

Intaglio

Materials used in production

Chalcedony

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: CG 540
Primary reference Number: 124618
Gem catalogue number: GR.114.1937
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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