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Crossing of the Red Sea platter
  • Master I. C.
    late 1500s
    active: France, France
  • Crossing of the Red Sea platter, circa 1560
  • Where object was made: France
  • enamel, copper
  • Object Length/Width: oval 46.4 x 33.7 cm
    Object Length/Width: oval 18 1/4 x 13 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1955.0069

Oval copper and enamel plate. The front depicts the Passage Over the Red Sea in blue, green and reddish tan on a black and gray background. Foaming water separates the composition down the middle with full length barefoot figures (identified as Moses and his followers) on the left surrounded by foliage and full length figures, horses, and a chariot in water on the right (identified as the Pharaoh and his army) with buildings in the background. A band encircles the center with scrollwork painted in gold. The verso is enameled in black, white and gray (grisaille). Male and female human-fish composite creatures (identified as herms) alternate with spotted dog-like composite creatures which have creatures with head of a woman and the tail, wings, and talons of a bird (identified as harpies) standing on their backs. In the center there is an oval escutcheon.