Large Dish


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307

A rare showpiece of early Florentine maiolica, this large cotino, or basin, depicts a mounted cavalier—a favorite motif on chests, tapestries, and other decorative arts of the time. Smaller cotini were used as serving plates, but the size and accomplished decoration of this work suggest that it was intended for display rather than a utilitarian purpose.

Large Dish, Tin-glazed earthenware, Italian

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