The plaquette depicts an old beggar woman carrying a bundle on her head and a basket in her hand. The pose has been modeled after traditional representations of dovizia (wealth), as on a print with Abundance or Ceres by Nicoletto da Modena from about 1507.(1)
Catalogue entry from: Frits Scholten. The Robert Lehman Collection. European Sculpture and Metalwork, Vol. XII. Frits Scholten, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2011, p. 177.
1. Bartsch, Adam von. Early Italian Masters. Edited by Mark Zucker. Illustrated Bartsch 25 (Commentary). [Le peintre graveur, vol. 13, pt. 2.] New York, 1984, pp. 190 – 91, no. 030.