Circular relief with a jester and a donkey dragging a log

On display

Silver relief, parcel-gilt, slightly convex, embossed and chased. A jester and a donkey together pull along a log. Inscribed around the rim: ‘Red und Vernunfft dem Menschen nimm Zum Esel spann zeucht gleich mit ihm’. On the reverse an attached screw fitting.


  • Title

    Circular relief with a jester and a donkey dragging a log

  • Artist/maker

    probably Abraham Gessner (1580 - 1590 active) (goldsmith)
  • Associated place

    Zürich (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1580 - 1590
  • Material and technique

    parcel-gilt silver, embossed, chased

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    11.5 cm (diameter)
    1.5 cm (depth)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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