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Christ at the Column: MAR.M.265-1912

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Christ at the Column


After Della Porta, Guglielmo (Sculptor)


Silver alloy, parcel-gilt, the figure and column cast separately

Silver alloy, parcel-gilt, the figure and column separately cast.
The column, cut in half diagonally, is hollow. It is fluted with a degenerate Corinthian capital with a winged cherub's head centrally placed between the corner volutes. On the abacus is a rosette above the cherub's head. Two-thirds of the way down the column the fluting is replaced by large acanthus leaves springing from the base mouldings and carved in relief. The column stands on a plinth, which is plain. Against this column, his body turned in contraposto, leans the figure of Christ, his manacled wrists held out to the right of his hips. His body, naked except for a loin-cloth, is highly modelled and is slightly doubled up as if to protect itself from the blows. The bearded face is turned down to the left, his hair falling in ringlets on his shoulders. The remains of a halo can be seen on the crown of his head.

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 1700 CE


One of the many goldsmiths' versions of Della Porta models.

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Components of the work

Surface: composed of gold Christ: Height 8.4 cm

Materials used in production

probably alloyed with copper Silver alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Silver, parcel-gilt, the figure and column separately cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.265-1912
Primary reference Number: 13828
External ID: CAM_CCF_MAR_M_265_1912
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 3 December 2019 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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