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Dish with a Portrait of Orsella

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Made in Deruta, Italy, Europe

c. 1500-1510

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

2 1/4 x 15 1/16 inches (5.7 x 38.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 254, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Rubenstein Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 2003

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The B following the name Orsella stands for bella, meaning beautiful. The portrait of the young man on the rim, positioned so that he is facing the young woman, suggests that this dish was made to commemorate a betrothal or marriage.

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