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Dish with the head of a warrior

Deruta, c. 1510

39 cm (height); cm (height)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica); bianco sopra bianco

The helmeted warrior is intended to be in the ancient Roman manner. Round the centre, the decoration is executed in white on the slightly off-white glaze, a technique called bianco sopra bianco. The “petal-back” decoration on the reverse is characteristic of unlustred pieces from Deruta in the first quarter of the 16th century; oddly enough, it never seems to occur on lustreware. The dish has a raised ring round the centre, designed to hold an accompanying ewer.

Presented by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1888.  WA1888.CDEF.C407

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