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Relief - The Fall and Expulsion from the Garden of Paradise
  • The Fall and Expulsion from the Garden of Paradise
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The Fall and Expulsion from the Garden of Paradise

  • 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 inv.no. A.110-1929 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 fall and Expulsion from Paradise. On the left, Adam and Eve on either side of the tree are tempted by the serpent, on the right they are expelled from Eden by an angel wielding a sword. In the centre and background are trees and animals.

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

Relief, The Fall and Expulsion from the Garden of eden, gilt bronze, Germany (Saxony), 1540-1560

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

Weber, Ingrid. Deutsche, Niederländische und Französische Renaissanceplaketten. Herstellung: F. Bruckmann KG, München, 1975. pl. 298. no. 1042.
Cf. Braun. E. W. ed. Die deutschen Renaissanceplaketten der Sammlung Alfred Walcher Ritter von Molthein in Wien. Wien: Schroll, 1918. pl. III. 5.


Gilt bronze

Subjects depicted

Animals; Serpents (animal); Swords; Tree of knowledge; Angels


Sculpture; Christianity; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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