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Fob seal: M.82-1930

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Fob seal with chalcedony sealstone and agate handle carved as the bust of Ceres with a tiara set with red, green and white glass

Carved chalcedony and grey and white agate with gold mounts, set with red, green and white glass in silver mounts. Rounded rectangular chalcedony sealstone with intaglio triumphal chariot drawn towards the right by two elephants carrying towers on their backs; they pull a driver who holds a torch. The domed stone has a rim mount with reeded border. The agate handle, carved in the round and supported at the base with a gold mount, depicts a bust of Ceres with a cornucopia on her back. Her long hair falls in curls over her left shoulder, whilst her right shoulder is covered with her veil with folds indicated by the stone's white veining. At the front of her head, with the suspension loop behind, is a tiara set with nine glass stones imitating diamonds, emeralds and rubies.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.7 cm
Length: 4.7 cm
Width: 2.0 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


Late 18th century
1760 CE - 1800 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of agate Sealstone composed of chalcedony Length 1.6 cm Width 1.2 cm
Mount composed of gold Jewellery Mount composed of silver Stone composed of glass

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.82-1930
Primary reference Number: 152914
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 6 January 2014 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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