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Putto and Acanthus
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Putto and Acanthus

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Description This elaborate furniture mount is carved with a series of moldings at the bottom, and depicts a large putto set against a bank of waving acanthus leaves. The modeling of the figure is unusually fine, recalling Roman knife handles of the 4th century, with the rendering of the chubby body and face and the naturalistic treatment of the curly hair. Only the wings are stiffly handled. The acanthus is carefully rendered. The panel is flat on the back. There are four chips in the acanthus leaves, and part of the base and the putto's left foot are chipped.
Date Description Narrative
1/20/1971Treatmentrepaired; stabilized
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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4th-5th century
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 5 x W: 2 9/16 in. (12.7 x 6.5 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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