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Sandstone block for portico

Date: Pre 1629
Overall: 230 x 640 x 265 mm
Other (Circumference): 735 mm (28.89 in)
Medium: Sandstone
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Transferred from Australian Netherlands Committee on Old Dutch Shipwrecks
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Building block
Object No: 00046428
Place Manufactured:Nederland
Related Place:Houtman Abrolhos,

User Terms

    These three sandstone blocks form part of a portico being transported by the BATAVIA. The BATAVIA was carrying 137 carved sandstone blocks and 6 bronze pintles (gate hinges) which were destined to form the watergate of Fort Batavia. The reconstructed portico is now at the Western Australian Maritime Museum. These 3 pieces were amongst a number of blocks left over from the reconstruction. It is unknown what the largest block would have been used for but the 2 smaller pieces may have formed part of a gunport or window. The small honeycomb-like pattern on the surface of the blocks is a peculiarity of Renaissance style typical of central Germany between about 1530 and 1630. Recent scientific analysis shows that the sandstone comes from the Bentheim quarry in Germany (Bentheim sandstone was also being used for architectural sculpture in Amsterdam at the time).
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: ANCODS (Australian Netherlands Committee on Old Dutch Shipwrecks) collection

    Assigned title: Sandstone block for portico

    Related Sites Beacon Island

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