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Shield of arms - Shield of arms

Shield of arms

  • Object:

    Shield of arms

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th-17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    White marble

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This white marble shield of arms is carved in low relief with a border of scrolls and palmettes. In the relief there are to rapiers and in the base the letters F.B.

The panel comes from the Cavendish Bentinck collection which was largely acquired in Venice. Istrian stone was commonly used in Venice as the Istrian peninsular (now in Croatia) was then part of the Venetian empire and the stone was imported across the Adriatic Sea.

Physical description

Shield. White marble, carved in low relief with a border of scrolls and palmettes. In the chief are incised two rapiers and in the base the letters F.B.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


16th-17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

White marble


Height: 26.5 in, Width: 18. 375 in

Object history note

Bought for £2.

Historical context note

Cavendish- Bentinck Inventory 128A

Descriptive line

Shield of arms, white marble, palmettes, scrolls, two rapiers, Italian.

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.


White marble

Subjects depicted

Scrolls; Palmettes


Sculpture Collection

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