Baton of the Ranee of Sarawak with an image of St. Cecilia

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Name: Baton of the Ranee of Sarawak with an image of St. Cecilia; Persons linked to the exhibit: Margaret Brooke, królowa Sarawaku; Date: 1903; Country: Great Britain; Town: London; Materials: light wood coated with white paint; Measurements: length 44,1 cm, diameter 2 cm; Ownership: Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz’s collection; Inventory number: JSW 131; Description:

White baton with gold fittings; conical body made of light wood coated with white paint; grip fitting made of gold, plain on the sides with an engraved inscription; atop the fitting, a miniature bas-relief with an image of St. Cecilia, representing a profile of a veiled woman’s head in a halo with an inscription ST. CAECILIA surrounded with stars; the saint holds a long ribbon with the notation of an antiphon sung on St. Cecilia’s day, with visible neumes and lyrics, "Cantantibus organis Caecilia Domino de[cantabat]"; "meum immac[ulatum]" (tr. When the instruments resounded, Cecilia sang to the Lord, my immaculate [heart]); plain, blunt gold tip fitting; at 1/4 of the body, a perpendicular hole with a gold fitting, possibly intended for a decorative string

; Inscriptions:

TO THE RANEE FROM THE GREY FRIARS ORCHESTRA  1903  (see Margaret Brooke in the index)

; Catalog card:

Joanna Gul, consultation: Magdalena Szmida-Półbratek (City Museum of Wrocław)


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