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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by D. M. Currie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze plaquette, representing a Bacchante, is from the Martelli Mirror which is based on two antique gems at Florence. The attribution of this mirror to Donatello has been contested and the style rather suggests an early 16th century work.

Physical description

Plaquette in bronze. The Bacchante is seen half-length to the left; with her left hand she is sqeezing her left breast into a rhyton held in her right hand. On her head is a wreath of ivy, and a light drapery falls from her left shoulder; over her right shoulder is a goat skin. Under her right arm she holds a wand.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


early 16th century (made)




Height: 112 mm, Width: 88 mm

Descriptive line

Plaquette a Bacchante from the martelli mirror. Italian 16th century.

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

Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes. London, 1924. p. 17.
Cf. Martini, Luciana. Picoli Bronzi e Placchette del Museo Nazionale di Ravenna. Bologna: University Press, 1986. pp. 144-146. no. 27/28.

Production Note

probably after Donatello



Subjects depicted

Wand; Ivy; Bacchante; Rhyta


Plaques & Plaquettes


Sculpture Collection

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