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Sand box - St George and the dragon, Nessus and Deianira, and cupid afloat on his quiver
  • St George and the dragon, Nessus and Deianira, and cupid afloat on his quiver
    Briosco, Andrea Il Riccio, born 1470 - died 1532
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St George and the dragon, Nessus and Deianira, and cupid afloat on his quiver

  • Object:

    Sand box

  • Place of origin:

    Padua (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1490 - ca. 1530 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Briosco, Andrea Il Riccio, born 1470 - died 1532 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast and chased bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting

  • Museum number:

    M.673-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery, case SS3

This triangular box contained sand for drying ink. Its sides are formed of three plaquettes showing St George and the Dragon, Nessus and Deianira, and Cupid afloat on his quiver. Andrea Riccio was a leading sculptor and bronze specialist working in Padua, where the university played an important role in the study of antiquity.

Physical description

Triangular pounce box, sides formed of three plaquettes. Plaquettes of St George and the Dragon, Nessus and Deianira and Cupid afloat on his quiver.

Place of Origin

Padua (made)

Date

ca. 1490 - ca. 1530 (made)

Artist/maker

Briosco, Andrea Il Riccio, born 1470 - died 1532 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast and chased bronze

Dimensions

Height: 6.3 cm, Width: 9.5 cm, Depth: 8.1 cm, Weight: 0.32 kg

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Pounce-box, bronze, decorated with three plaquettes, made by Andrea Briosco, Padua, late 15th or early 16th century

Labels and date

TRIANGULAR POUNCE BOX
About 1490-1530
After Andrea Riccio (about 1470-1532)

This triangular box contained sand for drying ink. Its sides are formed of three plaquettes showing St George and the Dragon, Nessus and Deianira, and Cupid afloat on his quiver. Andrea Riccio was a leading sculptor and bronze specialist working in Padua, where the university played an important role in the study of antiquity.

Italy, Padua

Bronze

Museum no. M.673-1910
Salting Bequest [2008]

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Cast; Chased

Subjects depicted

Saint; Dragon; Quiver; Arrow; Centaur

Categories

Sculpture; Personal accessories; Accessories; Containers

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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