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  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1625 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giambologna (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    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.

Physical description

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.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


1600-1625 (cast)


Giambologna (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast


Height: 9.14 cm, Length: 12.7 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

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



Subjects depicted

Lion-mask; Female figure


Sculpture; Bronze; Household objects


Sculpture Collection

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