Inventory number
O00080
Author
Sarachi workshop; Fontana, Annibale
Title
Platter of the Twelve Caesars
Chronology
Ca. 1580
Technique
Enamel, engraving
Material
Rock crystal, lapis lazuli, enameled gold, pearls, gilded silver
Diameter
39 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Mythology
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection

An oval platter decorated with a running landscape in which is depicted the mythological tale of Hermaphrodite from Ovid's Metamorphoses. The son of Hermes and Aphrodite can be seen with two heads and two sexes as a result of his union with the nymph, Salmancis.

The gold decoration with small red, white and blue enameled cartouches includes lapis lazuli cameos with portraits of the twelve Roman Caesars, from whence this piece's name.

It is thought to be of Milanese origin and is part of the Dauphin's Treasure, inherited by Felipe V in the early seventeenth century.

 
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