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Plaquette - Roman Warriors

Roman Warriors

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (North, made)

  • Date:

    early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.454-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.
Whilst religious plaquettes had both public and private functions, and mounted religious plaquettes, known as paxes, were held up during mass for the kiss of peace, those with a secular subject matter were usually for private, personal use. They were used as pendants, desk ornaments, and applied to functional objects such as pounce-pots. They were also valued as fine miniature works of art. Plaquettes had a role in disseminating classical imagery and designs throughout Europe, in the same manner as the contemporary print. The subject matter was often a miniature composition, only rarely a single isolated figure.

Physical description

Six warriors in armour with flattering mantles. To the right a tree stem. The warrior next to it is leaning on a shield with a gorgoneion.

Place of Origin

Italy (North, made)

Date

early 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Length: 19.3 cm, Width: 11 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, Roman Warriors, unknown aritst, North Italy, 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. 72
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 60

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Gorgoneion; Shield; Warriors; Tree stump

Categories

Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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