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The Forge of Vulcan with Mars: M.34-1933

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The Forge of Vulcan with Mars


Maker: Unknown




Chalcedony intaglio set in an enamelled gold mount with a pearl drop. Vulcan, bearded and bareheaded, seated in his forge hammering a helmet on his anvil, with Mars seated on a rock opposite him, holding up his armour on a spear, head turned to the left. The rim of the gold mount is enamelled with black chevrons, and has pearl drop at the bottom


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Alfred A. de Pass

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933-06) by de Pass, Alfred A.


16th century
Circa 1500 - 1600

School or Style


Components of the work

Mount composed of enamel ( black) gold Height 5.7 cm Width 4.4 cm
Drop composed of pearl
Intaglio composed of chalcedony Height 3.8 cm Width 3.6 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.34-1933
Primary reference Number: 166730
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 25 August 2021

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

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