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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Dish; earthenware; fragments pieced together; painted in blue with copper lustre; two deer facing on platforms with scrollwork (alafias) below. The deer flank a Tree of Life. Below a large panel of alafia ornament. Border with interlace.

  • Date

    • 14thC-15thC
  • Production place

    • Made in: Valencia
    • (Europe,Spain,Valencia (region),Valencia (province),Valencia (city))
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 40.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Found with 1901,0427.2-6
    All the following from Ray 2000 p. 65: "Masterly balance of colour and design", similar fragment he says in Manises waste tips in the Bacelona MC. still strongly Moorish design, perhaps the "terre de Valence a feuillages perses" in Rene of Anjou's inventory of 1471. This is one of the most notable pieces in this style with Tree of Life at its centre, very occasionally have figure decoration like Godman plate with ship of Love. Sometimes arms appear as on Blanca of Navarre dish in BM.


  • Bibliography

    • Ray 2000 p. 65 fig.11 (illustrated as early 15th C) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Fragments joined.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Found in fragments in a well.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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