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  • Description

    Dish with emplacement for ewer; earthenware covered entirely with a presumed tin-glaze. Painted on the front, in the centre Athena playing the pipes, around the scene a wreath, on the base in a landscape Apollo playing a violin, Marsyas watching his pipes thrown to the floor, right Apollo flaying Marsyas, at the top the Gods having dinner (subject from Ovid); outside a scrolling pattern in bianco sopra bianco. On the sides grotesques and four male heads.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1525-1530 (circa)
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  • Materials

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 51.2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Bibliography: Moore 1985 no. 24; Mallet 1980 p.157-158, pl xxix; Rackham 1922 p.127, pl IIA.Thornton & Wilson 2009
    The depiction of Apollo on the left of the dish is derived, in reverse, from a drawing by Raphael of the back of Michelangelo's David. See P&D registration no. Pp,1.68.

  • Bibliography

    • Wilson 1987 60 bibliographic details
    • Thornton & Wilson 2009 cat. 150 bibliographic details
    • Fortnum 1873 p326 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G1/wp177

  • Exhibition history

    2013 14 Sep - 2014 24 Feb, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia

  • Subjects

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Fountaine Sale lot 59 Christie's 16-19 June 1884.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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