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Der Ritter (The Knight) plaquette
  • Hans Holbein the younger
    1460 or 1465–1534
    born: Augsburg, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany) ; died: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Der Ritter (The Knight) plaquette, 1600s
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • silver
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 7.6 x 5.1 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 x 2 in
  • Gift of the Mark L. Morris Jr. Family
  • Not on display
  • 1994.0014
Label Text

Image of man and skeleton (ideantified as a dance of death) figure in battle. Man is dressed in armor from head to toe and wields a sword in his left hand. He is up on one leg and is bringing his sword down toward the back of the skeleton. The skeleton figure is lightly armored, carries a lance in both hands, and is thrusting a lance forward at the man. At BC there is a book and an hour glass tipped over on its side. In background there are feathers at TL and a sunburst at BC.