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  • Place of origin:

    Russia (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rolled and etched steel

  • Museum number:

    M.120 to D-1929

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These plaques imitate those once used to form the sides of a casket or box. They were made in around 1900 and were decorated by etching, a technique popular in Germany during the 16th century for decorating steel locks and armour. With etching, the craftsman covers a piece of metal with an acid-resisting substance such as wax, then scrapes a design with a sharp tool and immerses the metal sheet in acid. The exposed metal corrodes, revealing the design.

Physical description

Various sizes of plaque from the sides, ends and top of a casket.

Place of Origin

Russia (probably, made)


ca. 1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Rolled and etched steel

Object history note

Register states that the plaques were 'acquired in Brussels in 1910'. These resemble etched steel plates that were being produced in Nuremberg around 1580.

Descriptive line

Etched steel plaques from a casket decorated with foliage and people in expensive costume, Russia, about 1900




Etching (printing process); Rolling




Metalwork Collection

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