Adam and Eve Alms Dish

Nuremberg, 1450-1500

Brass. Simply put -- one of the best we've seen, and an early one at that!. Very heavy spun brass with engraved, punched and repousee decoration. The central scene is charmingly primitive (medieval not Renaissance) and its details have been softened by polishing -- the anatomical differences between her and him have almost disappeared (check hair length if in doubt)! Nice flowers and rock, gothic script in flying banners -- just one of the best of its kind. Suspension hole in rim, two tiny pin-prick holes in punched rings. No restoration.

13-3/4" diam.

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