pplaque - A flat plate, slab, or tablet that is ornamented or engraved for mounting, as on a wall for decoration, or inserted into a piece of furniture; or on a monument for information. A plaque is typically of a rectangular, oval or other regular form. When ceramic, a plaque might be described as a thick tile.

 

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see thumbnail to leftRussia, Plaque with the Virgin (and Plaque with St. Mark the Evangelist), 12th century, gold, cloisonné enamel, 3.8 x 3 cm (and 4.5 x 2.9 cm), Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. See Russian art.

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightPierre Courteys (French, Limoges, c. 1520 - before 1591), Oval Plaque: Old Woman Narrating the Story of Psyche, c 1560, polychromed enamel with gold on copper, 12 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches (31.1 x 22.5 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art. See French art.

 

 

see thumbnail to leftIran, Safavid, Plaque, 17th century, cut and pierced steel, length 15 inches (38.1 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See Islamic art.

 

 

 

 

see thumbnail to rightAugustus Saint-Gaudens (American, 1848-1907), Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer (Mariana Griswold), 1888 (this cast, 1890), bronze, 20 7/16 x 7 3/4 inches (51.9 x 19.7 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See cast.

 

 

 

 

Also see bas-relief, caption, cartouche, frame, frieze, medallion, and relief.

 

 

 

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