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Doorknocker with a Nereid or Tritoness: M.29-1917

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Doorknocker with a Nereid or Tritoness


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Doorknocker of bronze, cast in the form of a nereid or tritoness

Doorcknocker. Bronze, cast in the form of a nereid or tritoness clad from the waist down in layers of acanthus foliage. Her two tails curl upwards on both sides to meet above her head where they are bound together and curl over to either side, each terminating in a leaf. Her head is turned to her left, and she gazes downwards and outwards to the left. Her right arm is raised behind her right tail, the hand resting on its binding. Her left arm is extended to the left, the hand resting with fingers spread on the acanthus foliage of her left tail.

Legal notes

Given by Charles Fairfax Murray

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ Italy
  • Padua ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1917-07-12) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


Late 16th-early 17th Century
Circa 1560 CE - 1630 CE


There are comparable knockers in the Stattliche Museen Skulpturensammlung Berlin (M.39/125, with an armorial cartouche at the top), the Walters Art Gallery Baltimore (54.17), and in the Quentin Collection. See Documentation Leithe-Jasper and Wengraf, 2004.


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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast and chased

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.29-1917
Primary reference Number: 13847
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 March 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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