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Roundel with Duck Venetian Sculptor


Venetian Sculptor active in the 13th century

Culture Italian
Date 13th century
Object type relief
Medium, technique limestone

30 × 10 cm, 13 kg

Inventory number 1456a
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is not on display

In twelfth- and thirteenth-century Venice, it was customary to decorate the façade of buildings with carved roundels (patere) that were adorned with animals and floral motifs. The roundels held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest were made from limestone in thirteenth-century Venice. Some of the designs are of ancient origin. The motif of the duck, which adorns one of the roundels already appeared in Egyptian, Coptic, Fatimid, and Persian art. Certain depictions must have had symbolic meaning beyond their decorative function, too.


Balogh, Jolán, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV – XVIII. Jahrhundert: 1. Textband Bd. 1, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1975, p. 37-38., no. 17.

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