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Constructed using five Italian polychrome micromosaic plaques incorporated into a lockable casket of pollarded oak of English make; the plaques depict;-
1. The Temples of Saturn and Vespasian situated in the Roman Forum to the front.
2. The ‘Doves of Pliny’ to the top
3. The Pantheon and St Peter's Square to the sides
4. The Colosseum to the reverse
In the early 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini was commissioned to design and add two campanile (bell towers) to the Pantheon (All Gods), which was originally constructed in the 1st century BC under the orders of Marcus Agrippa, with 1st century AD modifications at Hadrian's direction. Called by detractors ‘The Ass Ears of Bernini’, they were removed in 1883. These campanile are depicted in the mosaic in our casket.
|Height||26.00 cm||(10.24 inches)|
|Width||41.00 cm||(16.14 inches)|
|Depth||32.00 cm||(12.60 inches)|