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Plaquette - An allegorical subject

An allegorical subject

  • 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 showing an allegorical scene is made by the Master IO.F.F., a plaquette-maker working ca. 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

On a pedestal an old man seated breaking a stick, below him a warrior. In the centre two men, one kneeling and trying to break a bundle of sticks, the other standing and breaking a single stick above his head. Other men. In teh sky the sign of Taurus under a star, between a small cupid and a crescent moon.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1500 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques



Height: 6.4 cm, Width: 6.1 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, an allegorical subject, by the Master 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.



Subjects depicted

Sticks; Taurus; Man; Sky


Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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