C4: Maiolica dish: Mucius Gaius Scaevola before Lars Porsenna
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|Title||Maiolica dish: Mucius Gaius Scaevola before Lars Porsenna|
|Object type||In category: Ceramics » Dish|
Studio of Ludovico and Angelo Picchi (ca 1555-1605) - Pottery painter(s)
|Place of origin||Europe » Southern Europe » Italy » Northern Italy » Northern Italy|
24.1 cm diameter
|Materials & techniques||
|Description||Maiolica Dish, circular with wide rim. Painted in green, blue, orange, black, white, yellow oxides. Shows Roman story of Mucius Gaius Scaevola.|
|Marks and inscriptions||
This dish shows the story of Mucius Gaius Scaevola. The earliest known reference to this popular story is in a fragment from a Roman history produced by mid-second century BC author Lucius Cassius Heminia. It was included in Ab Urbe Condita, a history of Rome written by Titus Livius also known as Livy in 27-25 AD. During the siege of Rome by Etruscan King Lars Porsenna, Roman soldier Mucius Gaius stole into the enemy’s camp in order to kill the king. After mistaking an attendant for Porsenna and slaying him instead, Mucius Gaius was captured by the Etruscans and was ordered to be thrown into the fire.
Displaying such ancient acts of patriotism would have set a good example of behaviour within the Renaissance community.
|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|