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Plaquette - The Triumph of Chastity

The Triumph of Chastity

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Master I.O.F.F. (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette depicting the Triumph of Chastity is made by the Master IO.F.F. , who was a plaquette-maker working around 1500.
Plaquettes are small plaques or reliefs made of bronze, brass, lead or precious metals. They originated in the 1440ies with the desire to reproduce coins and hardstone engravings from ancient Greece and Rome. Some were made as collector's pieces, to be viewed and displayed in private, and others for practical purposes. They also inspired designs in other media, from architecture to book-bindings.

Physical description

A woman, naked, except for a scarf and wearing a helmet, in a richly decorated chariot drawn by two unicorns. With her right hand she clutches the bow of Cupid who flies before her.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1500 (made)


Master I.O.F.F. (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 3.1 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, the Triumph of Chastity, by the Master of IO.F.F., Italy, ca. 1500

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 75
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 55
Fulton, Christopher, B. "The Master IO.F.F. and the Function of Plaquettes". In: Studies in the History of Art, Italian Plaquettes, Vol. 22, 1985, pp. 143-162.
Pope-Hennessy, John. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. Reliefs - Plaquettes - Statuettes - Utensils and Mortars . London: 1965, p. 36, no. 109, fig 127



Subjects depicted

Chariot; Woman


Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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