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Plaquette - Vulcan and Thetis arming and crowning the child Achilles

Vulcan and Thetis arming and crowning the child Achilles

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    533-1864

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a bronze plaquette made in Italy in about 1500. It represents figures of Vulcan and Thetis arming and crowning the child Achilles.

Physical description

Bronze plaquette, bell-shaped, with figures of Vulcan and Thetis arming and crowning the child Achilles. In the centre, the child Achilles stands on an altar; to the right his mother Thetis puts a crown on his head and to the left, Vulcan holds out a tiny corset of mail. Elaborately moulded border, with a shell at the top.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 8.88 cm, Width: 3.5 in

Object history note

From the Piot collection / sale, bought in Paris for £1 8s. 10d., in 1864.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, bell-shaped, Vulcan and Thetis arming and crowning the child Achilles, Italian, ca. 1500

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1864. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 56
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes. London, 1924, p. 60

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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