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Plaquette - The Adoration of the Magi
  • The Adoration of the Magi
    Eisenhoit, Anton, born 1553 - died 1603
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The Adoration of the Magi

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Warburg, Westphalia, Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1587-1588 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eisenhoit, Anton, born 1553 - died 1603 (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. Anton Eisenhoit was born in Warburg in Westphalia but spent several years in Rome working as an engraver. He became one of the most prolific goldsmiths in northern Germany.

Physical description

Plaquette, lead. To the right the seated Virgin holds the Child on her knee, at her feet is a vase, behind her St. Joseph. To the left a kneeling king holds out a casket towards the Child who stretches out to take it. Behind stand the other two kings holding ornate cups containing their gifts. Architectural background. Rounded at the top.

Place of Origin

Warburg, Westphalia, Germany (made)


1587-1588 (made)


Eisenhoit, Anton, born 1553 - died 1603 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 9.7 cm, Width: 5.3 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, lead, by Anton Eisenhoit, Germany (Warburg), ca. 1587-8

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

Weber, I. Deutsche Niederländische und Französische Renaissanceplaketten. Munich. 1975. p.270, no. 583, 3.




Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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