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Turtle (or a tortoise?), possibly Italian and perhaps antique

Bronze, mounted on a mahogany block

Length: 2in

Museum number: MR42

Curatorial note

The belly of the turtle is hollowed out and the shell is pierced by a fixing at the centre. This small bronze evidently formed part of another object.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unknown; in Soane's collection by the time of the creation of the Model Room in c.1834. Soane describes the showcase containing small items MR42-MR68 in the Model Room in his 1835 Description.


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