Berretino Jug with a Musical Theme
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Italian, Faenza, 1536
Tin-glazed earthenware
H: 12 13/16 x Diam. [lip]: 5 1/4 x W [max]: 10 1/4 in.

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Three large medallions, each labeled with the date 1536, decorate the body of this oval jug. They show the mythological figure of Orpheus playing a lira da braccio, a musician in contemporary dress playing a lute, and Elisha, an Old Testament prophet with a turban and a long beard, reading a book. In the Bible, on hearing the music of a stringed instrument, Elisha entered an ecstatic trance and began preaching about doom and destruction. The musical theme of the three medallions suggests that the jug's owner was a music lover or perhaps a musician himself.

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