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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