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probably made at Urbino, Italy

Postcard of Dish.
© National Museums Scotland


This maiolica dish was probably made at Urbino in Italy. It dates from around 1570 or later. The scene was copied from an illustrated Ovid's Metamorphosis, first published in 1559.

The dish is painted in polychrome with Adam and Eve after the Fall.

The scene was probably inspired by a woodcut from an earlier illustrated bible.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-086-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.231.4
Date: Around 1570 or later
c. 1570 or later
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: A
Dimensions: 78 mm H x 255 mm D
What: Bowl
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Urbino
Who: Adam and Eve (Depicted)
Where: Italy, Urbino
Description: Maiolica dish painted in polychrome with Adam and Eve after the Fall: Italian, probably Urbino, about 1570 or later
  • Curnow, Celia, Italian Maiolica in the National Museums of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1992 
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