'Mucius Scaevola', plaquette

'Mucius Scaevola', plaquette

Mucius Scaevola
Plaquette
After a design by the Master IOFF (active about 1500)
Italy
About 1500
Bronze
Museum no. 257-1898

The fashion for swords decorated with elaborate pommels was at its height around 1500. This shield-shaped plaquette was almost certainly designed for this purpose. Mucius Scaevola was a hero of Roman legend who thrust his hands into flames as proof of his courage. In the Renaissance period he represented patience and constancy.