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  • Place of origin:

    Urbino (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1570 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 62, The Foyle Foundation Gallery, case 12

A banquet proclaimed a host’s wealth. Across Europe, this was partly achieved by displaying valuable silver, glass or ceramics - like this splendid earthenware vase on a makeshift, stepped structure. In Italy, this was called a ‘credenza’ (meaning ‘trust’,a reference to the practice of testing food for poison), while in France and England it was a ‘buffet’. Sometimes food and functional objects were included on the bottom tier. Once dinner was over, the shelves were dismantled and the valuables locked away.

Physical description

Vases with two handles in the form of two snakes tied together with a grotesque satyrs mask applied in relief below. Around the body is painted Jupiter disguised as a satyr presented by Cupid to Antiope, and Cyparissus being changed into a cypress-tree by Apollo, who sits with the stag killed by Cyparissus beside him while three peasants approach

Place of Origin

Urbino (made)


ca. 1570 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Height: 50 cm, Width: 28 cm

Descriptive line

Vase with two handles in the form of two bound snakes with satyr's mask in relief, made in Urbino, Italy, about 1570, tin-glazed earthenware

Labels and date

Made in Urbino, Italy about 1570
Tin-glazed earthenware

4697-1858 [16/07/2008]


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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