Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
Diameter: 7 x 27.3 cm (2 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Mather 1945.125
The shape of this dish imitates the fluted, curving shape of sixteenth-century metalwork.
During the Renaissance, scenes from the Christian Bible were prominently featured on maiolica, covering the surface in a style called istoriato (decorated with stories). This plate depicts a scene an Old Testament narrative in which Abraham believes that God wants him to sacrifice his son Isaac. Before he can carry out the deed, God sends a ram to sacrifice instead.
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