May 21, 2008
May 21, 2008

Dish with a Lion

Dish with a Lion

c. 1430–50

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Diameter: 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1966.19


This dish is representative of the rustic type of maiolica produced in Italy before 1450. The design is much inspired by contemporary Spanish earthenware. The surface of the dish is painted in a cobalt blue impasto technique known as zaffera a rilevo. Lions frequently adorn wares decorated in this technique and are particularly appropriate as a Florentine motif-they probably refer to that city's lion emblem.

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