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Maiolica storage jar with oak leaves and lions rampant

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An image of Maiolica. Pharmacy or storage jar. Unknown maker, Florence. Both sides are decorated with two lions rampant addorsed, each holding a spray of oak leaves in its raised paw, surrounded by sprays of oak leaves with dots in the background. Round the lower part of the body there are two horizontal manganese bands. On the neck, between pairs of horizontal manganese bands, there are oak leaves on a wavy stem. On each handle, and continuing down the side of the jar beneath it, is a fern frond or stalk with twigs branching off on each side and terminating in small round berries. Buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on the interior and exterior; the rim and base unglazed. Painted in bright, extremely shiny relief-blue with manganese outlines. Height, whole, 25.8 cm, diameter, mouth, 12.4 cm, diameter, base, 14.5 cm, width, across handles, 23.0 cm, circa 1420-1450. Renaissance.

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Maiolica. Pharmacy or storage jar. Unknown maker, Florence. Both sides are decorated with two lions rampant addorsed, each holding a spray of oak leaves in its raised paw, surrounded by sprays of oak leaves with dots in the background. Round the lower part of the body there are two horizontal manganese bands. On the neck, between pairs of horizontal manganese bands, there are oak leaves on a wavy stem. On each handle, and continuing down the side of the jar beneath it, is a fern frond or stalk with twigs branching off on each side and terminating in small round berries. Buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on the interior and exterior; the rim and base unglazed. Painted in bright, extremely shiny relief-blue with manganese outlines. Height, whole, 25.8 cm, diameter, mouth, 12.4 cm, diameter, base, 14.5 cm, width, across handles, 23.0 cm, circa 1420-1450. Renaissance.

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  • Accession Number: C.77-1961
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/32.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Jaymes Sinclair
  • Image height: 1024 pixels
  • Image width: 851 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.6 (Macintosh)
  • Filesize: 214.71kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 32/1

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15th Century Date Department Fitz_AA Florentine Italian Material Medium Nationalities Object Type Other Keywords Predominant Colours Renaissance Workflow _WF_AdOK _WF_KWD _WF_OPACtd _WF_PCtd blue container dispensing pot drug pot earthenware glazed handled jar leaf leaves lion rampant lions maiolica oak leaf oaks painted pharmacy jar pottery storage jar thrown tin-glazed two-handled

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