Vase with love motifs

Italian, Deruta

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Amorous symbols decorate this vessel. On one side, a graceful bird clutches a scroll inscribed with a romantic dedication: Non te posso lassar (I cannot leave you). This declaration of fidelity is paired, on the opposite side, with the image of an arrow piercing a heart from which flowers and acorns bloom. The broad span of the handles and the two-sided design suggest that it was intended more for display than for storage—possibly as a gift between lovers.

Vase with love motifs, Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, Deruta

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