Bowl from a Childbirth Set

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Made in Urbino, Italy, Europe

c. 1560-1570

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

2 1/16 x 8 11/16 inches (5.2 x 22.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 1999

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Several pieces in this style are known. This bowl would have belonged to a set of stacking dishes whose extreme precariousness explains why no complete set survives from the Renaissance. However, enough individual examples remain to prove the growth of specialized ceramic types associated with childbirth. We know that they appealed to some rulers since several examples are recorded in an inventory of the Medici family.