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Dish with arms of Castile

Manises, possibly; Valencia, c. 1450 - 1475

43 cm (diameter)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica), lustred

The scroll-work is a motif of Islamic origin, but the symbolism is Christian: the triple-towered castle is from the arms of the Spanish kingdom of Castile, and the three fishes interlaced on the reverse of the dish are a symbol of the Trinity.

Bibliography: Fortnum 1897, p. 54.

Allan 1991, no. 28.

Presented by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1888.  WA1888.CDEF.C335

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