On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 535

Made as the plate for a handle or a knocker, this escutcheon was attached to the door by the two baluster-shaped staples (one of which is modern). The skill of Spanish ironworkers was such that they could execute the elaborate grotesque ornament in the difficult medium of repossé iron. The style is derived from Roman wall decorations, which were discovered during excavations of the Golden House of Nero in Rome, begun about 1480.

Escutcheon, Wrought iron with traces of gilding, Spanish

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.