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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (North, made)

  • Date:

    early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast and chased

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pommel of a sword hilt is made in North Italy in the early 16th century. It is of triangular shape, with a medallion of Lucretia stabbing herself, between two grotesque masks.
The object came to the museum through the Salting bequest. George Salting (b. 1836; d. 1909) - an Australian, who settled in England - 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

Triangular, in the form of a medallion of Lucretia stabbing herself, between two grotesque masks.

Place of Origin

Italy (North, made)


early 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast and chased


Height: 8.89 cm, Width: 8.38 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Pommel, of a sword hilt, bronze, Italy (North), early 16th century




Chasing; Casting

Subjects depicted

Masks; Grotesque mask


Bronze; Metalwork; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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