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Capital of a column: M.1-1964

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Titles

Capital of a column

Maker(s)

Unknown (Production)

Description

Marble, four-sided capital of a column, carved on three sides. The iconography should be read in the following order: 1) a bearded man seated on a throne, playing the harp; 2) a woman riding a horse, holding a spherical object in her right hand; 3) the same woman leading the horse with her right hand, a large bird upon her left. Borg 1968 identified the man as David the Psalmist. Chen 2013 identified the woman as Abigail, arguing that the column depicts Abigail going to David, as told in I Samuel 25:18 and 25:42, in the Old Testament.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Arnold John Hugh Smith through the National Art Collections Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.8 cm
Width: 24 cm

Relative size of this object

24 cm29.8 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Avignon ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1964) by Smith, Arnold John Hugh

Dating

Third quarter of 12th century
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1175 CE

Note

France, Avignon

School or Style

Romanesque

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Upper Border

Materials used in production

White marble

Techniques used in production

Carving : Marble, carved and drilled

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1964
Primary reference Number: 31110
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1964
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 2 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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