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made in Italy

Postcard of Bowl.
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This maiolica bowl was made in Italy in 1567, probably in Venice in the workshop of Domenego da Venezia.

The bowl is painted in polychrome on the outside with foliage and on the inside with a depiction of 'The Triumph of Galatea'. Galatea is standing in the centre with a a female attendant on the left, both on dolphins. Below is a boy riding a dolphin and holding his reins, while behind a sea monster is swimming with a nereid holding a billowing drape. To the right, a youthful triton blows into a shell horn, with a second young triton to the left. Above are two winged cupids, one shooting arrows at Galatea, while overhead is a winged boy carrying a laurel wreath.

Galatea, the sea nymph, loved the youth Acis. He, however, was killed by the one-eyed cyclops Polyphemus who was obsessed with an unrequited love for Galatea. (Ovid, Metamorphosis, XIII).

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Online ID: 000-180-002-343-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.510.12
Date: 1567
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: 1567
Dimensions: 250 mm H x 421 mm D
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Venice
Who: Auguste Ricard de Montferrand Collection (Previous owner)
Galatea (Depicted)
Workshop of Domenego da Venezia, Venice (Maker)
Where: Italy, Venice
Description: Maiolica bowl painted in polychrome on the inside with "The Triumph of Galatea" and on the outside with foliage: Italian, probably Venice, workshop of Domenego da Venezia, 1567
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