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  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette, depicting satyr , bacchante and syrinx, was made after the Martelli Mirror (8717-1863), which was thought to be by the great Florentine sculptor Donatello (1386-1466). But the style of the mirror differs from Donatello's other bronze reliefs. The exquisite detailing suggests that an accomplished goldsmith made it.

Physical description

On the left in half-length a bearded satyr. On the right is a becchante filling a horn from her breast. On a staff between the two figures is a syrinx and a mask and above is a herm. There are vine branches on each side. At the foot is an inscription and above is an aged mask.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


16th century (made)



Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 178 mm

Descriptive line

Plaquette from the Martelli Mirror. Italian 16th century.

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

Cf. Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes. London, 1924. p. 11.
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. nos. 293, 294. pls. 32, 39.
Cf. Molinier, E. Les Plaquettes: catalogue raisonné. Paris :J. Rouam, 1886. no. 29.

Subjects depicted

Bacchante; Vine branches; Horn; Syrinx; Satyrs; Mask; Herm


Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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