'Five Putti at Play', plaquette

'Five Putti at Play', plaquette

Five Putti at Play
Plaquette
Italy (possibly Florence)
About 1450-1500
Bronze
Museum no. 81-1891

This frequently encountered plaquette has bevelled edges which suggests that it was perhaps part of a casket or sandbox. It may have been associated with a papal gift as the original terracotta matrix was found during the 1876 excavations of the Palazzo Venezia in Rome, the palace of Pope Paul II.