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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Snuff-box; black onyx; circular with hinged lid; underside of cameo frame, hinge and rims in gold; cameo: bacchante dancing holding tympanum; gold and enamel frame with representation of vine tendrils, grapes and blue riband; when closed outer rims carry band of stylised flowers in relief; mark on inside of lid; mark with number in shield.


  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 7.1 centimetres
    • Height: 2.8 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        Within shield.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        inside rim of lid
      • Inscription Content

  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
    The stone is damaged at the top.
    Mounted in the lid of a snuff-box, and surrounded by a gold and enamelled border representing vine-tendrils and grapes.

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1915 130 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


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