Artist: Master Potter A
Date: ca. 1650
Geography: Made in Puebla, Mexico
Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware
Dimensions: Diam. 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert W. de Forest, 1912
Accession Number: 12.3.1
This basin is one of the earliest pieces in the Museum's collection. Its shape is Hispano-Muslim in origin but its inscription indicates that it was meant for Christian liturgical use, probably for washing the cloth used to wipe the communion chalice.
A rare example of "Puebla polychrome," the basin's strong black design was inspired by the Spanish ceramic ornamental style known as encaje de bolillos (bobbin lace).