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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    end of 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Istrian stone

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery, case SCREEN5, shelf WE, box EXP

These three strips of relief appear to have originated from the long sides and one end of a free-standing tomb similar in type to the monument to Girolamo Della Torre and his son Marc-Antonio in Verona by the Paduan sculptor and specialist in small bronzes, Andrea Riccio (1470-1532). The coat of arms, surmounted by a bishop's mitre that appear twice on the short section are those of Paolo Zabarella (1471-1525). He was a member of the monastery of the Eremitani at Padua and became titular Bishop of Argos and titular Archbishop of Parium. Zabarella was responsible in 1520 for building the second cloister of the Eremitani monastery in Padua and was buried in the Ovetari Chapel in a free-standing tomb decorated with inlaid marble.

Physical description

Frieze. istrian stone, inlaid in the centre with a circular medallion of green porphyry. On one side two monster back to back are carved in very low relief, and are separated from a bat with outspread wings by a plaque of red porphyry; on the other side a similar plaque separated a winged mask from two terminal figures blowing long trumpets on either side of an ox skull.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


end of 15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Istrian stone


Height: 19 cm, Width: 193.7 cm, Depth: 17.4 cm

Object history note

Bought for £9. Purchased from the Cavendish-Bentinck collection. Listed in MS. inventory of the Cavendish-Bentinck collection as No. 124.

Descriptive line

Frieze, Istrian stone, green porphyry, monsters, bat, Italian, end of 15th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1892. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1893. pp. 232.
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1964. pp.516-7


Istrian stone

Subjects depicted

Bats (animals); Monsters; Skull; Trumpets


Sculpture Collection

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