About this object

The figure on this oval tablet is of a dancer copied from a painted figure discovered in the ruins of Herculaneum in Italy. Herculaneum, like Pompeii, had been buried under ash by the erruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Exciting finds from the ruins of both Herculaneum and Pompeii were eagerly sought after in Europe and sparked the demand for Neo-classical design in the late 18th Century.
  • Date
    1770 - 1780
  • Maker
  • Materials
    Black Basalt
  • Credit line
    From the Collection of Lord Leverhulme
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire: Stoke-on-Trent: Hanley
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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