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Two-handled storage jar with the Orsini arms and the profile head of a man

ca. 1460–80
Italian, probably Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): H. 14 x W. 11 1/2 x D. 10 5/8 in. (35.6 x 29.2 x 27 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
This jar is decorated on the primary side with a profile head of a man, and with the coat of arms of the Orsini family of Rome on the reverse. It also bears scratched marks on the underside that indicate the weight of the jar, allowing the weight of the contents to be calculated separately from that of the vessel itself.
Marking: Incised mark under foot
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (by 1927–46; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 4,1946, no. 86; sold through French & Co. to MMA)
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