'The Judgement of Solomon', plaquette

'The Judgement of Solomon', plaquette

The Judgement of Solomon
Plaquette
Possibly by Galeazzo Mondella, called Moderno (1467-1528)
North Italy
About 1504-7
Bronze
Museum no. A.432-1910
Salting Bequest

This delicate and unusually shaped plaquette originally formed part of an oil lamp, perhaps for the desk of a scholar. The subject was symbolic of Justice. It shows the Old Testament king, Solomon, deciding which of the two women was the mother of the child.