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Head of the Virgin: C.x-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Head of the Virgin


Production: Unknown




Buff earthenware, hand-modelled and covered with greyish-white tin-glaze which has crazed. Painted in blue, orange, and manganese-purple. Head from a figure of the Virgin, broken off at the neck. The Virgin's veil is incised with spirals.


History note: Unknown

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.0 cm
Width: 7.0 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in blue, orange, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hand-modelling : Buff earthenware, hand-modelled and covered with greyish-white tin-glaze which has crazed. Painted in blue, orange, and manganese-purple.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.x-1928
Primary reference Number: 76520
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 16 August 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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