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Silver ewer, modelled in auricular style, with Andromeda beneath the handle chained to a rock. The handle formed as a sea monster, the lip formed as a grotesque mask. The sides formed as swirling vortices. In the front a relief medallion, within an open mouth, of Perseus flying down to attack the sea monster. The base is flat.
Datec. 1620 - 1630
Material and technique
Dimensions23.7 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
J.F. Hayward, Virtuoso Goldsmiths and the triumph of Mannerism, 1540-1620 (London, 1976), 638, 399
C. Truman, ‘Oxford's silver gilt bequest: The Art Newspaper’, (2013)
Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)