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Relief - The Creation of Eve and the Tree of Knowledge

The Creation of Eve and the Tree of Knowledge

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Saxony (made)
    Bohemia (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1540-1560 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze

  • 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. This relief together with A.111-1929 belong to a series telling the story of Genesis, the first book in the Old Testament. The same model was used by goldsmiths for reliefs on tankards, caskets and cabinets.

Physical description

Gilt bronze relief depicting the creation of Eve and the Tree of Knowledge. On the left God creates Eve from the sleeping body of Adam, on the right he shows Adam and Eve the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. At the sides and in the background are various trees and animals. At the top and bottom a double beaded border.

Place of Origin

Saxony (made)
Bohemia (possibly, made)


1540-1560 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze


Height: 6 cm, Width: 13 cm

Historical context note

This is from a series of scenes from Genesis.

Descriptive line

Gilt bronze relief depicting the creation of Eve and the Tree of Knowledge, Germany (Saxony) 1540-1560.

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

Weber, I. Deutsche, Niederländische, und Französische Renaissance Plaketten. Munich, 1975. p. 138. no. 199, 1.
Cf. Braun, E. W. Die deutschen Renaissanceplaketten der Sammlung Alfred Walcher Ritter von Molthein in Wien. Wien : A. Schroll, 1918. no. 5. p. 28.
Cf. Buchholtz, A. Goldschmiedearbeiten in Livland, Estland und Kurland. Lübeck, 1892. pl. I.



Subjects depicted

Tree of knowledge; Animals


Sculpture; Christianity; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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