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Basin for holding a ewer
(c. 1520-1550)

earthenware (maiolica)
3.7 × 31.9 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Deruta, Italy
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
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Gallery location
14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts
Level 1, NGV International
This basin has a central retaining ring which would have held an accompanying ewer for water; the two pieces being used for washing hands. The decoration, like that of the nearby Spanish lusterware dish, includes the sacred trigram, the first three letters of Jesus’s name in Greek, here in Gothic characters: YHS. The decoration of the rim with a band of stylised flowers and tulips evidences the influence of imported Turkish ceramics popular among Italian collectors during this period.