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John Frederich, Elector of Saxony, 1503-1554: MAR.M.261A-1912

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John Frederich, Elector of Saxony, 1503-1554


Production: Unknown




Roundel of boxwood, containing a carved bust portrait. Carved in relief, but below the level of the narrow border, is a bust portrait in profile facing right. The hair is cut short and the beard and moustache are closely trimmed. The shirt has a small ruff, high in the neck. A low square necked pleated tunic is worn over the shirt.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 5.3 cm
Height: 1.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Second quarter of 16th century
Circa 1530 CE - 1535 CE


This is a portrait of John Frederich, Elector of Saxony, b. 1503, d. 1554. One of the principal supporters of Protestantism, who opposed the Emperor Charles V, lost the battle of Mulberg and was taken prisoner in 1547.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Figure composed of boxwood

Techniques used in production

Carving : Boxwood, carved in relief

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Reverse
  • Method of creation: Incised within a circle

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.261A-1912
Primary reference Number: 30262
External ID: CAM_CCF_MAR_M_261A_1912
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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