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Capital of a column: M.1-1964

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Capital of a column


Production: Unknown




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 A.J. Hugh Smith through the National Art-Collections Fund, 1964

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.8 cm
Width: 24 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Avignon ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, third quarter
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1175 CE


France, Avignon

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Upper Border

Materials used in production

White marble

Techniques used in production

Carving : Marble, carved and drilled

References and bibliographic entries

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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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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 31 January 2024 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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