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Allegory

Allegory

possibly early 1500s

Gilt bronze

Diameter: 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1968.29

Description

This object might have graced a man’s hat or the handle of a sword. The allegory has yet to be deciphered, but the heroic male nude chained in flames probably addresses masculine virtues of strength or stoicism.

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