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Agnus Dei: M.65-1904

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Agnus Dei






Agnus Dei. Wax. Circular. Obverse: The lamb is recumbent, supporting the flag with the right foot. Below are the arms of Pius V (1566-72). Round the border: ECCE.A.DEI QVI TOLLIT.P.M (Ecce Agnus Dei qui tollit peccata Mundi). Reverse: The Noli me tangere. Below, the inscription PIVS. V. PONTIFEX .MAXIMVS./.ANNO.I. In the border: NOLI.ME.TANGERE.The wax disc is protected by two discs of carton with subjects in relief painted in colours and gilded. One has the same design and inscription as the obverse on the wax but instead of the arms of Pius V (Michele Ghislieri 1504-72), those of Gregory XIII, 1572-1585 (Buoncompagni). The other has Christ in the tomb supported by two angels, with the cross behind him. Below are again the arms of Buoncompagni, and in the border GREG.XIII.PONT.MAX. The whole is in a circular wooden frame painted black and decorated with gilt and floral scrolls. The wax and carton roundels are protected by slightly domed glass on each side. [Description from Dalton, 1912, see Documentation).

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McClean Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


16th Century, Mid#
16th Century, Late
1566 - Circa 1572 - 1585

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of gilt
Roundel composed of wax
Wax Diameter 12.7 cm
Frame Diameter 16.5 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Round the border of obverse side
  • Location: On the reverse side
  • Location: Round the border of reverse side

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.65-1904
Primary reference Number: 30483
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 22 September 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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