Repousse and chased 1580's Nurmburg Alms Dish
NUREMBURG Alms dish with Adam and Eve, the tree of knowledge and the serpent tempting Eve. Circa 1580 brass.Diameter approx 35cm, and weighing approx 1.3kg or just under 3lb. Decorative punch work borders of birds and leaves, with a raised rim. Both the central design and the decoration around the rim were made using a series of stamps. Nuremburg Town regulations stated that the punches and stamps had to be applied by hand. This dish, although commonly known as an alms dish, was probably used to wash hands, and when not in use had a decorative function. Contemporary paintings apparently show similar dishes being hung on the wall, which would account for the two small holes close to the rim of the dish at the top edge. A beautiful early piece.
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