Basin with classicizing head

Italian, Montelupo

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As diners ate mainly with their hands during the Renaissance, a ewer and basin were often kept on the sideboard for washing. The companion to this basin has been lost. In its center is a roundel with a raised rim, which would have secured the ewer’s hollow foot. The portrait profile modeled after ancient Roman coins becomes visible when the ewer is removed.

Basin with classicizing head, Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, Montelupo

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