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Dish

Date:
ca. 1500–1520
Culture:
Portuguese
Medium:
Silver-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/16 x 10 1/4 in. (3 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.837
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
The raised decoration depicts wild folk, humans, and animals engaged in frenzied activities around a centarlized crowned king, probably Manuel I of Portugal (r. 1495–1521). The agents of Portugal's rapid overseas expansion brought back reports of monstrous and exotic races, possibly reflected in the imagery seen here.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Husband, Timothy B. The Wild Man: Medieval Myth and Symbolism. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980. no. 43, pp. 158-160, fig. 104.



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