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Kneeling Scythian, also known as the Blade-Sharpener: M.5-1948

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Kneeling Scythian, also known as the Blade-Sharpener


Production: Unknown




Bronze. The figure crouches on a shallow base of bronze, naked except for a cloak thrown over the left shoulder and falling onto the ground at the back. His right knee almost touches the ground and his right arm touches the right knee as he bends forward to whet the knife on the stone, which he holds firmly on the ground with his left hand. He gazes up to the right. Dark brown patina, slightly polished.

Legal notes

Given by Mr Frank Partridge

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948) by Partridge, Frank


Early 18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1730 CE


After the marble Hellenistic-Roman sculpture (c. 1 BCE), the 'Blade-Sharpener', known as 'L'Arrotino' in Italian.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 7.8 cm Height 16 cm Width 15 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast and patinated

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1948
Primary reference Number: 13910
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_5_1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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