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Brooch and matching earrings; gold with hardstone or pietra dura mosaic; each item set with mosaic plaque depicting 'Doves of Pliny'; gold settings decorated with applied wirework. Contained in original green velvet case of Torrini, Florence. Label and maker's mark.
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Width: 54 millimetres (brooch)
- Curator's comments
- Design of 'Doves of Pliny' based on celebrated Roman mosaic from Hadrian's villa, now in Capitoline Museum, Rome, thought to be a Roman copy of the Greek mosaic described by Pliny, hence the title 'Pliny's Doves.
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 505, p.499.
- On display (G47/dc8)
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- Acquisition notes
- Object formerly owned by Hancock's and purchased by Mr Kwok for BM
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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