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Basin with the Gathering of Manna

Patanazzi Francesco

Urbino, probably, c. 1600 - 1620

14.2cm (height); 38.7cm (diameter)

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

This piece is painted with a scene from Exodus, chapter 16, depicting the collecting of Manna, the food miraculously provided for the Israelites on their pilgrimage from Egypt through the wilderness to the Holy Land. Beneath the foot of the basin is a painting of a marine monster. On the sides of the basin are winged putti supporting pseudo-cameos.

The scene of the Gathering of Manna is based on a woodcut by Bernard Salomon from the Quadrins Historiques de la Bible, first published in Lyons in 1553 and one of the favourite sources for late 16th-century Urbino maiolica-painters. This book also provided source material for Limoges enamel painters, examples of which can be seen in the case opposite.

Presented by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1888.  WA1888.CDEF.C460

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