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Two-handled jar: C.76-1927

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Current Location: In storage

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Maker: Unknown (Possibly)

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Medieval, maiolica two-handled jar, painted in manganese and green with stags, a buffalo's head, peacock's tail, leaves, lines and bands.

Pale red earthenware, thrown, the interior lead-glazed brownish-yellow, the exterior tin-glazed greyish-white; base unglazed. Painted in manganese and pale green. Bulbous body narrowing sharply towards the flat base, with short cylindrical neck and two broad strap handles. At centre front there is a straight, upward-sloping spout with horns above, four spots below, and a stag on each side, applied in relief.
The spout is decorated to resemble a buffalo's head. The other side is decorated with a stylised flower with two peacock's tail eye motifs in its centre. The handles are flanked by two sets of three vertical manganese lines enclosing three wavy stems with leaves at intervals. The lower part is encircled by an undulating spray of leaves between horizontal manganese bands, and the neck by slanting spaced leaves between pairs of manganese horizontal bands. On the handles, there are alternate groups of manganese and green horizontal lines, flanked, at the bottom, by two addorsed C-shaped strokes.

Notes

History note: Alfred Spero, London, from whom purchased in 1920 by F. Leverton Harris (1864-1926), by whom bequesathed

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.3 cm
Width: 31.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, Frederick Leverton

Dating

15th century
Medieval
Circa 1400 CE - 1450 CE

Note

Tuscany, Umbria or Lazio

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green)
Interior composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 14.3 cm
Body

Materials used in production

Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.76-1927
Primary reference Number: 48038
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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