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Vase with two handles

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (Engraved)

  • Date:

    1540-1560 (Engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (Engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving, ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 129

This print is a mid 16th-century copy of a print first engraved and published in Rome earlier in the century. That the original was copied at all is a sign of the poularity of the subject matter at the time.

The lettering shows that this print was aimed at an educated audience who could read and understand Latin. It says that this vase is like the ones made in bronze and marble by sculptors in ancient Rome. This statement may not be entirely true as the type of ring shown on the side of the vase set with what is probably meant to be an uncut diamond, was much more common in the sixteenth century than in Ancient Rome.

A great flowering of interest in archaeology in Rome and throughout Italy in the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries combined with a careful study of the writings of ancient Roman and Greek authors are seen as defining characteristics of the phenomenon given the name the Renaissance in the nineteenth century.

Physical description

Engraving of a vase decorated with lions flanking a ring set with a jewel, Italy, ink on paper

Place of Origin

Italy (Engraved)


1540-1560 (Engraved)


Unknown (Engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving, ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Thus did the ancient Roman sculptors make from bronze and marble.

Anchor in a circle beneath a three leafed figure.
Watermark on its side, facing viewer's left, below lid of vase.


Height: 26.1 cm cut to, Width: 18.4 cm cut to

Descriptive line

Anonymous mid-sixteenth-century engraving of a vase decorated with lions flanking a ring set with a jewel, Italy

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Miller, Elizabeth.16th-Century Italian Ornament Prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum p.229, cat. 66b plate 10.

Production Note

One of two plates in the collection by an unknown mid 16th-century Italian engraver after plates from a set of twelve vases engraved by Agostino Veneziano. Reversed copies of B. XIV, 543 and 500.


Paper; Printing ink


Engraving (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Masks (costume); Lion (animal); Antique, the; Vases; Finger rings


Prints; Vases; Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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