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bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1898,1019.2

  • Description

    Bowl with flat foot; pink earthenware covered inside and out with slip and translucent glaze. Interior with incised design, coloured in yellow-brown and green: in the centre, on a stippled green ground, "yhs" - the Sacred Monogram; two rings around it. On the sloping sides `San Bernardino rays' with vertical hatching between them; near the edge an interlaced cable pattern.

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  • Date

    • 1480-1510 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 14.1 centimetres
    • Height: 4.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        sacred monogram
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Content

        yhs
  • Curator's comments

    Bibliography: Baroni 1934 p.254.Thornton & Wilson 2009
    For the scared Trigram on Italian Renaissance ceramics see registration no. 1878,1230.381 and 1893,0909.2.

  • Bibliography

    • Thornton & Wilson 2009 cat. 420 bibliographic details
    • Wallis 1901 fig26 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    Two recent repairs to the rim (1992).

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1898

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1898,1019.2

Bowl with flat foot; pink earthenware covered inside and out with slip and translucent glaze. Interior with incised design, coloured in yellow-brown and green: in the centre, on a stippled green ground, "yhs" - the Sacred Monogram; two rings around it. On the sloping sides `San Bernardino rays' with vertical hatching between them; near the edge an interlaced cable pattern.

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