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Minerva tile relief

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Crane Street
Town:Chichester
Parish:Chichester
Council:Chichester District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:PO19
Location on Google Map
Object setting:On building
Access is:Public
Location note:High up on the north wall of Sussex House
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:140
Grid reference:C7
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : Yvonne Hudson Rusbridge
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Construction period:Possibly late 1980s
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Unknown
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A panel comprising 36 ceramic tiles with raised surfaces and sculptural elements. Stylised Minerva head in profile. Columnar body with elongated head. Plumed helmet. Her gaze tracks the flight of a departing Swift. There is a Lapwing on the floor and an Owl perched on her shoulder. Other birds depicted include Chough, Crow, Herring Gull, Curlew, Bittern, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Cormorant, Swallow. 36 tiles in oxidised colours. She holds out her left arm on which is hung one end of a separate necklace.
Iconographical description:Minerva was the Roman Goddess of crafts, poetry and wisdom and is known as the inventor of music. She was also Goddess of warriors, medicine, wisdom and commerce. The Romans said that Minerva was not born in the usual way, but rather Jupiter had a horrible headache and Vulcan opened up his head and out came Minerva, fully grown, and dressed in armour, a long trailing robe, a helmet, a shield and a spear.
Signatures:Bottom left hand corner:
HUDSON

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Composite, Animal
Object type1:Panel
Subject type1:Mythological
     Subject subtype1:Standing
Subject type2:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Full-length

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Object Parts

Part 1:Panel
     Material:Ceramic tiles, oxidised colours, fired at 1300c
     Height (cm):350
     Width (cm):90

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:01/05/2007

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History

History:The artist's son states that it is possible that the relief was created to mark the opening of the Minerva Theatre in 1989.
Hard archive file:No

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Date: 01/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 01/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 01/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 01/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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