Bottle (Refredador)

Date: first half 16th century

Culture: Spanish, Valencia

Medium: Tin-glazed and luster-painted earthenware

Dimensions: Overall: 8 3/4 × 11 1/2 in. (22.2 × 29.2 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1894

Accession Number: 94.4.358


This bottle, possibly a version of the hanging leather pilgrim flask used during journeys, would have been used to cool wine in a larger container of water and, although few have survived, was presumably quite a commonly seen form at one time. The arms within a shield on the side are those of Enrique of Aragon-Segorbe, lord of Paterna, or of his son Alfonso, who succeeded him as lord of Paterna in 1516.