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Plaquette - Mucius Scaevola

Mucius Scaevola

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1530-1560 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    193-1867

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a bronze plaquette made in Germany in about 1530-1560. The plaquette represents Mucius Scaevola before Porsenna. Mucius Scaevola, a young Roman, unsuccessfully attempted to kill the Etruscan King Porsena. When seized, he thrust his hand into the altar fire to shows how cheaply he held his life. Impressed by his courage, Porsena set him free.

Physical description

Bronze plaquette depicting Mucius Scaevola before King Porsena in low relief.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1530-1560 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 2.8 cm, Length: 7 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the Tross Collection. 140 medals and reliefs were purchased from M. Henri Tross of Paris for £500 by J.C. Robinson for the Museum in 1867.

Historical context note

Mucius Scaevola, a young Roman, unsuccessfully attempted to king the Etruscan King Porsena. When seized, he thrust his hand into the altar fire to show how cheaply he held his life. Impressed by his courage, Porsena set him free.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, Mucius Scaevola before King Porsena, Germany, ca. 1530-1560

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1867. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 26
Weber, I. Deutsche, Niederländische, und Französische Renaissance Plaketten. Munich, 1975, cat. no. 82

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Soldier; King

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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