Printing Plate of Five Soldiers

Printing Plate of Five Soldiers

Printing plate of five soldiers
Daniel Hopfer (about 1470–1536)
Augsburg, Southern Germany
Steel
1520–1536
Museum no. E.6292-1910

Daniel Hopfer’s initials are etched backwards on the side of the drum carried by the central figure, so that they will read forwards when printed. The entire composition anticipates the reversal of the image when a sheet of paper is pressed against the inked plate. The soldiers have their swords strapped to their right hips so that when printed they will appear in the correct position on the left.