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Joseph and Potiphar's wife

Engraver:
Possibly engraved by P.M.
Date:
ca. 1567
Culture:
probably British
Medium:
Silver, parcel gilt
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 5/8 x 7 3/4 in., 8 oz. 7 dwt. (1.6 x 19.7 cm, 0.26kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of C. Ruxton Love Jr., 1965
Accession Number:
65.260.10
Not on view
The fine engraving on this set of plates (65.260.1–.12) depicts scenes from the Old Testament. The engraver, who must have been trained on the Continent, based his compositions on illustrations in a Concordance to the Bible, improvising where necessary to fill in the circular frame offered by the plates. The plates and a related piece engraved with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I must have been made as a gift to or from the queen herself.
Signature: (at upper right in center) PM (engraved)

Inscription: Each letter separately struck with a die, not engraved.
(on upper part of rim)
ARDET, ET AD VETITVM IOSEPHUM ILLECTAT AMOREM PER MAGNI CONIVNX IMPIA POTIPHARIS
(on lower part of rim)
ILLE AVTEM, LECTVM + VIOLARE IVGALEM + VERITVS ARRIPIT EXCVSSA VESTE REPENTE FVGAM
"The wicked wife of Potiphar the Great burns [with love] and invites Joseph to forbidden love; but he, fearing to dishonor the marriage-bed, suddenly took to flight having abandoned his cloak."

(at lower left in center) GE 39 (refers to Genesis and chapter), die-struck
(above scene) 10, (engraved)

Marking: Struck at right of upper inscription, upside down: numeral 13 in shield, fleur-de-lis above, 17th century Strasbourg mark
Anselm Salomon von Rothschild , Vienna (by 1866) ; by descent, Baron Alphonse de Rothschild ; C. Ruxton Love, Jr. (until 1965; to MMA)
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