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Head of a Child, perhaps Christ: M.1-2000

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Current Location: In storage


Head of a Child, perhaps Christ


Production: Unknown




Stone, with traces of gesso, painted, and gilt. The head is severed diagonally at the top of the neck. It faces to the front with the eyes open and mouth closed. The wavy hair radiates from the crown of the head, stopping at the sides above and round the ears, and is cut straight across the forehead.


History note: Found by the vendor (Mr D.J. Case) in his garden at Sutton, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire. It was deposited in the Museum in 1973 and was on loan between 1978 and 2000, when it was acquired by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam in memory of S.W. Grose M.A.

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.0 cm
Width: 10.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Ely ⪼ East Anglia ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000-03-06) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1400 CE


England, East Anglia, possibly from Ely Cathedral

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold ( remanants) paint ( remnants)
Parts composed of gesso

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Stone, with traces of gesso, painted and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-2000
Primary reference Number: 28418
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_2000
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 3 December 2019 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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