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Death Mask of Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718): M.21B-1938

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Current Location: In storage


Death Mask of Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718)


Production: Unknown




Bronze, cast


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

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1718 CE - Circa 1800 CE


Charles XII of Sweden was shot, apparently by an enemy bullet, while inspecting the defences at Frederickshald on 11 December 1718. This bronze cast after a death mask, together with a cast of the death mask of Peter the Great, was presented to Captain James Abbot as a parting gift by General Perroffski, while he was at Orenburgh in Russia in 1839.

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Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.21B-1938
Primary reference Number: 14069
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Friday 31 March 2023

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

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