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Plaquette - A Horse Leaping over a Globe
  • A Horse Leaping over a Globe
    Paludanus, born 1529 - died 1579
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A Horse Leaping over a Globe

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp (made)

  • Date:

    1570-1579 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paludanus, born 1529 - died 1579 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Heim Gallery to commemorate the Directorship of Sir John Pope-Hennessy

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR19

Paludanus was a sculptor working in Antwerp between 1557 and 1579, mainly in alabaster.
The symbol of the horse leadping over the globe is that adopted by King Philip II of Spain to illustrate his motto 'NON SUFFICIT ORBIS' (The world is not enough), alluding to the extension of his empire into four continents. The horse leaping over the globe with this motto appears on his coinage issued in 1580 to commemorate the union of Spain and Portugal under the Spanish crown. Since Pauldanus died in the previous year this plaquette predates the first official use of the emblem on coinage. This plaque is the only bronze known by this artist.

Physical description

Plaquette, circular. The roundel shows a horse leadping over the globe. The circular plaquette is signed on the bottom: GVILIELMVS PALUDAS

Place of Origin

Antwerp (made)


1570-1579 (made)


Paludanus, born 1529 - died 1579 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 15.7 cm

Object history note

Given by the Heim Gallery to commemorate the Directorship of Sir John Pope-Hennessy, C.B.E.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, Southern Netherlands (Antwerp) by Willem van den Broeck, called Paludanus, ca. 1570-9

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

Nieuwdorp, H and Van Remotere, Lieve. 'Willem van den Broeke alias Guilielmus Paludanus: beeldhouwer en medailleur'. Handelingen van den Kon, Kring vorr Oudheidkunde, Letteren en Kunst van Mechelen, LXXXVI, 1982, p. 45-57.
Smolderen, L. Jacques Jonghelinck, Louvain, 1996, p. 132, note. 498.



Subjects depicted

Globe; Horse


Sculpture; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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