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Medieval & Renaissance, Room 62, case 6 
This is a triangular bronze inkstand, made in Venice in the second half of the 16th century. Italian Renaissance bronze sculptures have survived in reasonable numbers. The majority of these works were made not only for their aesthetic appeal but also as functional objects. Here a statuette representing Hope enlivens an inkstand - an essential piece of equipment for a scholar's study.
Bronze triangular inkstand supported on three lions holding shields, surmounted by the figure of Hope.
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Materials and Techniques
Height: 26 cm, Width: 16 cm maximum, Depth: 13 cm, Weight: 1.6 kg
Object history note
Ex Soulages collection, bought by the Museum for £20 in 1865.
Inkstand, bronze, triangular and in two parts depicting the figure of Hope, Italy (Venice), late 16th century
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Penny, Nicholas. Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum 1540 to the Present Day. Oxford: Clarendon press, 1992, (3 vols), Volume 1: Italian, p. 285
Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 29
Anchors (watercraft equipment); Shields (armor); Lions (animals)
Sculpture; Household objects