French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 550

The seated female figure with her ankle on her knee may represent Venus (Aphrodite), born of the sea and thus a suitable adornment for a receptacle designed to hold salt, although the present example was meant solely for display. The goddess was frequently depicted in this pose, either bathing or removing a thorn from her foot. The other niches contain a hoofed, hairy figure, possibly a satyr, and a putto holding the arms of France.

Salt, Lead-glazed earthenware inlaid with slip, with molded ornament, French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris

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