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Plaquette - Rebecca and Eleazer at the Fountain

Rebecca and Eleazer at the Fountain

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (made)

  • Date:

    1570-1580 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • 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. Eleazar was a servant of the Old Testament patriarch Abraham. He was sent to find a wife for Abraham’ s son Isaac and eventually located Rebecca, drawing water from a well.

Physical description

Bronze plaquette depicting Rebecca and Eliezer at the fountain, Eliezar advancing from the right receives the pitcher from Rebecca. On the left the well, from which one of Rebecca's maidens is drawing water. Another is seated with a pitcher in front of the well. On the left a servant leads away two camels. In the right foreground a dog. The background filled with trees, a lake and boat, a town etc. A narrow cable-pattern rim with one pierced hole.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (made)


1570-1580 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 96 mm

Descriptive line

Bronze plaquette depicting Rebecca and Eleazer at the fountain, by the Master H.G., Germany (Nuremberg), 1570-1580.

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

Weber, Ingrid. Deutsche, Niederländische und Französische Renaissanceplaketten. Herstellung: F. Bruckmann KG, München, 1975. cat. no. 280.
Cf. Braun, E. W. Die deutschen Renaissanceplaketten der Sammlung Alfred Walcher Ritter von Molthein in Wien. Wien : A. Schroll, 1918. no. 119. pl. XXX.
von Falke, O. In: Jahrbuch der Preußischen Kunstsammlungen. 1926.



Subjects depicted

Wells (structures); Camels (animals)


Sculpture; Christianity; Religion; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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