C28: Maiolica dish with profiled head
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|Title||Maiolica dish with profiled head|
|Object type||In category: Ceramics » Dish|
|Place of origin||Europe » Southern Europe » Italy » Central Italy » Umbria » Deruta|
33.2 cm diameter
|Description||Large circular maiolica dish. Painted with central image of profiled head in blue and white. Fish scale border. Painted in brown, blue, white, yellow oxides with lustred finish.|
The profiled head with an arrow in the centre of this dish is probably St. Sebastian. He was born in Narbonne, Gaul in c. 256 and died in c.288. He was a soldier in the Roman army who encouraged Marcellian and Marcus, two Christian prisoners under sentence of death, to remain firm in their faith. He also cured a woman of her muteness, a deed that instantly converted 78 people.
The plate’s metallic lustre decoration are typical of Deruta. The dish has a central boss on which to place a matching ewer (now missing).
|Muse theme||The Art of Collecting
The History of the Holburne Collection » The Collection » Ceramics
|Provenance||Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874); by whom bequeathed to Mary Anne Barbara Holburne (1802-1882), by whom bequeathed to the Museum|