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Bronze Mask of Peter the Great of Russia (1672-1725): M.20-1938

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Current Location: In storage


Bronze Mask of Peter the Great of Russia (1672-1725)


Production: Unknown




Bronze, cast.


History note: General Perroffski, Orenburgh, Russia, by whom given to General Sir James Abbott, KCB in 1839; by descent to the donor

Legal notes

Given by Raymond Abbott in memory of his father General Sir James Abbott, KCB

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1938-08-16) by Abbott, Raymond


18th century
Circa 1725 CE - Circa 1800 CE


Peter the Great died in bed on 28 January 1725, after suffering an excruciatingly painful illness. This bronze cast after a death mask, together with a bronze death mask of Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718), was presented to Captain James Abbot as a parting gift by General Perroffski, while he was at Orenburgh in Russia in 1839. In his Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow, and St Petersburg . . . 1843 (see Documentation) Abbot noted the gift: 'It was a pair of bronze casts from the masks (taken immediately after death), of Peter the Great and of his rival Charles XII of Sweden. There were but two casts made from the original masks. The Emperor of Russia has one, and James Abbot the other. I assured Perroffski in thanking him for these most precious relics, that the Russian empire contained no gem that I should value more highly. That they shoujld be preserved in my family as a sacred memnto of the friendship and hospitality of Perroffski..

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Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.20-1938
Primary reference Number: 14058
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 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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