In the early 1530s, the painter Xanto created an ambitious dinner service for a member of the Pucci family of Florence; six plates from the set are displayed here. On this example, the Pucci arms can be seen at upper left, while at the center, Hercules grabs a would-be assassin by the ankle. The action continues at right, where Hercules’s defeated opponent flies headlong into the sea.
Signature: On back, after inscription: ".fra(n) Xa(n) to. A./ da Rouigo, i(n) Vrbino."
Inscription: On back: ".1532./ Da Hercol' Lica/ i(n)/ mar scagliato à furia./ Nel. VIIII libro d(e) Ovidio Met:/".