Plate with Noah and other Old Testament scenes

This is an example of an Edelzinn, literally 'noble or precious pewter' which was produced exclusively for display in France and Germany during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. An important difference between silver and pewter is that the relief ornament is always cast, not embossed. Therefore, it depends on the production of moulds, meaning that a design could be produced in multiples. This example is typical of Nuremberg types of the early seventeenth century. The plate is decorated in relief with scenes from Genesis and the inscription translates: 'Noah went out of the arc and made a burnt offering to God'.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)


  • Title

    Plate with Noah and other Old Testament scenes

  • Associated place

    Nuremberg (place of creation)
  • Date

    19th century (1801 - 1900)
  • Material and technique

    gilt pewter

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    17.7 cm (diameter)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1899.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 587

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