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Dish (brasero) with Heraldic Lion

Date:
late 15th–early 16th century
Culture:
Spanish, Valencia
Medium:
Tin-enameled earthenware
Dimensions:
Diam. 18-1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.427a
Not on view
The motif of the rampant lion, such as the example depicted at the center of this dish, figured prominently on Iberian coats of arms. However, by the late fifteenth century, such emblems were also used as decorative motifs conveying a general sense of prestige, rather than as crests identifying specific noble families.
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
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