Engraved Bowl


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This shallow bowl, engraved with the personification of Pride in the central medallion, was used for hand washing. The central figure is surrounded by other vices, such as Jealousy, identified by Latin inscriptions, indicating the moralizing nature of the decoration. Such bowls were often produced in pairs, and this one would likely have been paired with a bowl depicting personifications of virtue. It belongs to a large group of surviving bowls, known as Hansa bowls, made in northern and western Germany, Scandinavia, and England during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Engraved Bowl, Copper alloy, wrought, Netherlandish

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