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Relief - Head of a lady

Head of a lady

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Relief in boxwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The relief is from the Salting bequest. George Salting was a prolific collector in a number of areas, including Chinese and Japanese ceramics and European art. By 1874 his collection had outgrown his residence in St. James's Street, prompting him to lend items to the South Kensington Museum. After his death in 1909, the majority of this astonishing collection passed to the V&A, where it was shown in its own galleries.

Physical description

The head standing forward in full relief, wearing a veil and diadem with small mask and foliages. At the sides, in relief, the letters D and O.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Relief in boxwood

Marks and inscriptions

' D O'


Height: 4.1 cm, Width: 3.3 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest, before that in the Spitzer collection.

Descriptive line

Relief, boxwood, head of a lady, unknown artist, Italy, 16th century

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 81





Subjects depicted

Diadem; Bust; Lady; Veil


Portraits; Sculpture; Reliefs


Sculpture Collection

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