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Doves of Pliny

Giacomo Raffaelli (Italian, 1753–1836)
Italian, Rome
Glass mosaic on bronze
Diameter: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts of Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Garbat and Irwin Untermyer, by exchange, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
This roundel depicting the Doves of Pliny is typical of the micromosaics made in Rome in large quantities in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They were intended for visitors to Italy who wished to bring home a souvenir of their visit to the country whose ancient civilization continued to inspire the rest of Europe and America. Such an object may have served as the model for the decoartion on the Vienna cup in this case.
Inscription: On bronze backing plate: Giacomo Rafaelli Fece Roma 1783
Mrs. Ingrid Harron , New York (until 1982; sold to MMA)
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