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Plaquette - Aeneas embarking to cross the Styx (?)

Aeneas embarking to cross the Styx (?)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (North, made)

  • Date:

    late 15th century to early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    the Coriolanus Master (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette probably depicts Aeneas embarking to cross the Styx and is made by the Coriolanus Master, in North Italy in the late 15th or early 16th century.

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 bookbindings.
Plaquettes in Renaissance Italy developed from the growing interest in the visual and intellectual cultures of the classical world, and had their place in the collection and display of classical art and artefacts.

Physical description

A naked warrior with helmet and shield standing between two naked unarmed men. The steering oar has a nereid on the blade, the surface of the water is broken with rippling waves.

Place of Origin

Italy (North, made)


late 15th century to early 16th century (made)


the Coriolanus Master (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 4.3 cm, Width: 5.2 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, Aneas embarking to cross the Styx (?), by the Coriolanus Master, North Italy, late 15th to early 16th century

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. 70
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 40



Subjects depicted

Ship; Nereids


Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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