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Cupid: M.16-1979

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Possibly Unknown (Sculptor)


Copper alloy, probably bronze. Cupid is balanced on his left leg, loosing an arrow (lost). He has a fairly large head, small sloping shoulders, a well-defined chest, pot-belly, indented navel, tiny genitals, and thick-set limbs. His face has a prominent forehead, chubby cheeks, lemon-shaped eyes, a puggish nose and a small double-chin. Modern, cast-on circular base.


History note: E.G. Raphael Collection, Mayfair; purchased by C.G. Copper, August 1944; sold to Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, D.S.O., M.C., January 1945; lent to the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1946; Given anonymously, from the collection of Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, D.S.O., M.C., in his memory, 1979.

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Given anonymously, from the collection of Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, D.S.O., M.C., in his memory

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1979) by Anonymous


Late 15th century
Circa 1475 CE - 1500 CE


Attribution to Florence is uncertain

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Components of the work

Excluding Base Height 24.0 cm

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy Bronze

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white circular sticker on base printed E.G.R. with below hand-written in ink 685

  • Text: E.G.R.printed over 685 by hand
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.16-1979
Primary reference Number: 13990
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_16_1979
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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