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The Three Ages of Man: M.31-1917

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Titles

The Three Ages of Man

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Copper alloy, probably copper, gilt. Heads of a young man, a middle aged man and an old man facing outwards in three directions. The three heads are surmounted by a dome-shaped crown which rises towards its centre into a peak capped by a small, spherical knop.

Notes

History note: Traditionally described as having been executed by Ghiberti for 'a Duke of Milan'.

Legal notes

Given by Charles Fairfax Murray

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.9 cm
Width: 10.6 cm

Relative size of this object

10.6 cm18.9 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Milan ⪼ Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1917-08-03) by Murray, Charles Fairfax

Dating

17th Century
Renaissance
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 1700 CE

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Foot: Diameter 4.2 cm

Materials used in production

probably copper, gilt Copper alloy Copper

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably copper, gilt, cast

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.31-1917
Primary reference Number: 13868
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Finial" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/13868 Accessed: 2022-01-24 20:59:44

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