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Castel Durante, Bella donna bowl inscribed “Mansueta”, ca. 1535-1540, Gift of Mrs. Jesse H. Metcalf

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Castel Durante

Bella donna bowl inscribed “Mansueta”

Probably Castel Durante
Italian
ca. 1535-1540
Bella donna bowl inscribed “Mansueta”
Tin-glazed earthenware
Diameter: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 inches)
Gift of Mrs. Jesse H. Metcalf 46.391

Dishes featuring idealized portraits of beautiful women (belle donne) were given by suitors to compliment the young women they courted. In this bowl, a ribbon describes the lady’s character as gentle (mansueta).


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