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Plate with the Queen of Sheba before King Solomon

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in France, Europe
Probably made in Lyon, France, Europe
or Nevers, France, Europe

Late 16th century

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

2 1/4 x 11 inches (5.7 x 27.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 1998

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This piece was probably once a tall, footed plate. The basin of the plate contains a composition derived from one of Bernard Salomon's biblical illustrations. On the underside are fantastic aquatic creatures, a favorite Renaissance motif. The piece has been restored in modern times as a lid, with a knob in the center of the stem replacing the slender foot of the original design.