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Orpheus: M.34-1997

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Bronze standing figure of Orpheus, holding a long-handled stringed instrument in his proper left hand, down by his proper left side. In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a musician, poet and prophet, son of the Thracian king Oeagrus and Muse Calliope. His musical gifts enabled him to enchant wild beasts, birds and fish. Orpheus is frequently depicted with a lyre, the musical instrument which Apollo taught him to play as an adolescent.


History note: Alfred Spero; sold in 1946 to Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (invoice date 1 July 1946); bequeathed to his sister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek

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Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1995) by Sherek, Pamela


16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1600 CE

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Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 3 cm Height 10.1 cm Width 5.5 cm
Plinth Depth 61 cm Height 2.2 cm Width 6.3 cm

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Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.34-1997
Primary reference Number: 14034
Old object number: B.35.
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_34_1997
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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