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Plaquette - Coriolanus Receiving the Roman Woman
  • Coriolanus Receiving the Roman Woman
    Unknown Silber, Jonas
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Coriolanus Receiving the Roman Woman

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (north, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Silber, Jonas (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR18

The art of plaquette making emerged in the south, in Nuremberg and Augsburg, about 1510–20. The plaquettes had the same multiple purpose as their Italian predecessors. They were used mainly by goldsmiths and in bronze foundries, but also by cabinetmakers. The models were carved in wood, stone, slate and wax, then reproduced in bronze and lead.

Coriolanus was a Roman general who was banished from Rome. He planned an assault on Rome but his wife, mother and children pleaded with him not to attack, which is the scene depicted here.

Physical description

Circular lead plaquette depicting Corialanus receiving the Roman Women

Place of Origin

Germany (north, made)


ca. 1580 (made)


Silber, Jonas (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 6.5 in

Descriptive line

Circular lead plaquette depicting Corialanus receiving the Roman Women, North Germany, ca. 1580

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Weber, I: Deutsche, Niederländische und Französiche Renaissanceplaketten 1500-1650 Munich, 1975, pp.263-4, Cat. No. 562
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1856. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 43.
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 68, pl. 110

Production Note

Attribution note: According to spectroscopy analysis conducted in 1986, the plaquette was found to be composed of 72.4% tin and 26.1% lead




Coins & Medals; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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