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Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 5
In addition to producing fresh ideas, artists often looked at existing works, both contemporary and antique. Sometimes they adapted them in other materials and on a different scale. The composition in the terracotta version (inv.no. A.110-1937) has been adapted on a reduced scale to decorate the lid of a bronze inkstand. The inkstand would have been used in a private study along with other functional bronzes.
Decorated with four grotesque figures over curved feet and four lion-masks with rings in the mouths. On the cover is a reclining female figure writing in a book and surrounded by various instruments.
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Height: 9.14 cm, Length: 12.7 cm
Object history note
From the Salting bequest.
Inkstand, bronze, after Giambologna, Italy (Florence), ca. 1600-25
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Binnebeke, Emile von. Bronze Sculpture: Sculpture from 1500-1800 in the Collection of the Boymans-van-Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 1994, pp. 82-83, cat. no. 18
Female figure; Lion-mask
Sculpture; Bronze; Household objects