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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2010,5006.1417

  • Description

    Glass paste intaglio engraved with two dancing figures in short tunics, each holding up a drinking-horn, and in the other hand, one holds a situla and the other a branch. In between them is a club (BM 1814,0704.2620 and 2625).
    Pen and ink, with brown and grey wash, and traces of graphite underdrawing.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1795 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 108 millimetres
    • Width: 88 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        owner's mark
      • Inscription Content

        T
      • Inscription Comment

        Taylor Combe's collection mark for Charles Townley
  • Curator's comments

    In February 1795 Charles Townley paid Chambers ,2. 2s. 0d. for some unspecified drawings and in August,1. 1s. 0d. for 'drawing gems' see K. Sloan, 'A Noble Art', BM exh. cat., 2000, no. 167

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1814

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    2010,5006.1417

Glass paste intaglio engraved with two dancing figures in short tunics, each holding up a drinking-horn, and in the other hand, one holds a situla and the other a branch. In between them is a club (BM 1814,0704.2620 and 2625).
Pen and ink with brown and grey wash and traces of graphite underdrawing.

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Glass paste intaglio engraved with two dancing figures in short tunics, each holding up a drinking-horn, and in the other hand, one holds a situla and the other a branch. In between them is a club (BM 1814,0704.2620 and 2625). Pen and ink with brown and grey wash and traces of graphite underdrawing.

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