'The Death of Marcus Curtius', plaquette

'The Death of Marcus Curtius', plaquette

The Death of Marcus Curtius
Plaquette
Possibly by Galeazzo Mondella, called Moderno (1467-1528)
North Italy
About 1500
Bronze
Museum no. A.450-1910
Salting Bequest

The faint piercings on the edge of this unusual plaquette suggest that it might have been a badge for a gentleman's hat. The image illustrates the legend of a Roman soldier who hurled himself into a sudden chasm in the Forum watched by comrades and elders. The pit then closed to form a pond.