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Mortar with half figures of the Virgin and Child, St. John the Baptist and St Anthony of Padua.

  • Object:

    M/w mortar v&c with ss anthony of padua & baptist

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    sixteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leaded high-tin bronze

  • Museum number:

    M.1-1945

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This conical mortar is decorated with three reliefs depicting half figures of St John the Baptist, the Virgin and Child and St. Anthony of Padua. This mortar is closely related to certain bell types and was most likely adapted from a bell mould.

Physical description

Conical mortar with wide-spreading rim and splayed base. An astragal around the lip, with three astraglas separating the splayed rim from the body. The body is decorated with three reliefs depicting half figures of St John the Baptist, the Virgin and Child and St Anthony of Padua. The heads of the two saints have an outline of a halo in relief and the figures of the Christ Child each have a halo in the form of rays. The reliefs rest on an astrgal and the foot is distinguished from the body by a torus moulding.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

sixteenth century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Leaded high-tin bronze

Dimensions

Height: 14.7 cm, Diameter: 16.7 cm rim, Diameter: 8.8 cm base

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A,

Descriptive line

Bronze Italian late 16c

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

Motture, Peta, Bells and Mortars. Catalogue of the Italian Bronzes in the Victoria and Albert Museum London, 2001, pp. 185-7, cat. no. 62.

Materials

Bronze

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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