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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1st half of the 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze plaquette representing Mercury was probably made in the first half of the 16th century North Italy.

Physical description

Plaquette in bronze. Mercury is bearded and reclines naked on the left, his right elbow on a pedestal. The caduceus in his left hand. On the right an urn from which flames spring. Above the crescent moon and a star. A broad palmette border.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1st half of the 16th century (made)




Diameter: 116 mm

Descriptive line

Bronze plaquettem Mercury, Italian 16th century.

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

Cf. Molinier, E. Les Plaquettes: catalogue raisonné. Paris :J. Rouam, 1886. no. 443.
Cf. Bange, E. F. ed. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der Christlichen Epoche. Dritte Auflage. Zweiter Band. Die Italienischen Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock. Zweiter Teil: Reliefs und Plaketten. Berlin und Leipzig, 1922. no. 410.
Cf. Lazari, Vincenzo. Notizia delle opere d'arte e d'antichità della Raccolta Correr di Venezia. Venezia, 1859. no. 1079.
Cf. Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes. London, 1924. p. 37.no. 4479-1858.
Cf. Von Jacobsen, E. Plaketten im Museo Correr zu Venedig. Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft. XVI, 1893. p. 67.



Subjects depicted

Caduceus; Star; Urn; Crescent moon


Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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