Artist: Master Potter A

Date: ca. 1650

Geography: Made in Puebla, Mexico

Culture: Mexican

Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware

Dimensions: Diam. 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

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).