Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
Diameter: 8.6 x 45.7 cm (3 3/8 x 18 in.)
Bequest of John L. Severance 1942.622
The creatures along the rim of this plate are loosely based on the figures discovered on the walls of Roman ruins a century before.
During the Renaissance, an understanding of classical antiquity was perceived to be a sign of social, intellectual, and economic distinction. Scenes from Greco-Roman mythology were prominently featured on maiolica, covering the surface in a style called istoriato (decorated with stories).
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