Mortar

Mortar

c. 1550-1560

workshop of Wenzel Jamnitzer I

(German, 1508/09-1585)

with plaquettes cast after models by Peter Flötner

(German, 1485-1546)

Bronze

Overall: 12.4 x 14.6 cm (4 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.444

Description

Three reliefs curiously combine faith, hope, and vanity. They were made after works by Peter Flötner (more refined plaquettes by the artist are also in the museum's collection), then incorporated into the vessel. The plants and small reptiles were cast from life, an example of the strong interest in natural history in Renaissance Nuremberg. This tradition relates closely to the French ceramics by Palissy, also in the collection, which likewise incorporate natural specimens.

Video

A Collector’s Object
Leaping Lizards!
Faith, Hope, and Pride
The Story of the Mortar
See also
Collection: 
Sculpture
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Bronze

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