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The Fall of Man: M.9-1930

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


The Fall of Man


Production: Lehmann, Kaspar (Attributed to)




Rock crystal, wheel engraved, and set in a lozenge-shaped gold frame enamelled black. Adam and Eve, naked, standing on a grassy mound to each side of an apple tree which has a serpent entwined around the trunk. The serpent offers an apple to Eve who passes it to Adam, whose left hand is outstretched to receive it. In the foreground in front of them are a newt, a snail and a toad. Foliate ornament in the angles to right and left. The frame is decorated with gold scrolwork reserved in the black ground.


History note: Unknown before Mrs W.D. Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Dept: 10 mm
Height: 75 mm
Width: 85 mm

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Place(s) associated

  • Prague ⪼ Bohemia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-10-17) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Early 17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1620 CE


Caspar Lehmann developped the technique of wheel-engraving glass, and was appointed gem and glass engraver to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II (ruled 1576-1612) in Prague, and between 1605 and 1608 in Dresden at the court of Christian II, Elector of Saxony

Components of the work

Frame composed of enamel

Materials used in production

Quartz crystal

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1930
Primary reference Number: 31247
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

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

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