About this object

Candelabrum assembled from several cast segments, presumably as it was in antiquity. Curved, leonine tripod feet resting on ring bases set off by a beaded moulding. Between the legs are pendant, five leaved palmettes with grooved borders. Shaft is facetted, octagonal, set off with a series of mouldings where it joins the base: ovolo, beaded, plain in ascending order. Bottom of shaft is a tang set into a circular hole through the center of the base, fixed with sloppy, poured bronze or alloy. At the top of the shaft is an echinus shaped inverted bowl with rings around its edge, and an engraved lotus motif on its top surface. All that remains of the crown is the bipartite spool with a beaded moulding at center and bottom edge, and a double, smooth moulding at the top edge. Traces of a crosspin are visible protruding from the lower segment of the spool. Missing are the four branched candle spikes (cf M12924) and statuette finial the top of the spool has a deep, rectangular recess to receive the tang or dowel of this The underside of the inverted bowl is marked with a letter L presumably incised into the cold bronze for assembly (surface corrosion makes this appear as if it had been incised in the wax before casting.)

Object specifics

  • Type
    Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    470 BC - 370 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    864 mm x 235 mm
  • Related people
    Bram Hertz ( Previous owner); Joseph Mayer ( Associated Person, previous owner)

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  • Catalogue of Etruscan Objects in World Museum, Liverpool

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    Publisher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
    Date: 2017
    Description: One of the finest collections of Etruscan artifacts outside of Italy was begun in the 19th century by Joseph Mayer, goldsmith, of Liverpool. His donation of the collection became the core of Liverpool Museum, now World Museum, and has been augmented over the years by additional gifts and other acquisitions, such as those from the Wellcome Collection and Norwich Castle Museum. Much of the original material came from the necropolis of Vulci (Canino) when it was excavated by Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino, while additional objects represent several other cities and sites. Already famous for its gold jewellery and bronze vessels of the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, the Liverpool collection includes a fine selection of Etruscan vases, especially bucchero ware and Archaic painted vases, several scarab seals in semiprecious stones, a small number of carved ivories, and funerary urns, including that of Larui Helesa, in which were found gold earrings identical to those worn by her colourful effigy on its lid. A large group of bronze fibulae (safety-pins) furnish examples of most major types of those important ornaments of the Iron Age and Archaic periods. Engraved bronze mirrors and terracotta votives in the form of heads and body parts (such as uteri) of the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE illustrate myths and offerings that were essential to Etruscan religion. From a Villanovan sword to Hellenistic epitaphs, the Liverpool Etruscan and Italian collection offers a rare glimpse of early civilization in central Italy.

  • The Etruscan Collection

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    Author: Lloyd-Morgan, G; Girardon, S P
    Publisher: The Society of Antiquaries of London
    Date: 1988


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1856
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Bram Hertz

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1856
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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