The dish is painted with a head composed of penises.
Shallow bowl by Francesco Urbini, 1536
© Ashmolean Museum
- Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
- Diameter: 23.2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £100,000 ( Total: £240,000)
- Acquired in:
- Rainer Zietz
From right to left the inscription reads 'every man looks at me as if I were a head of dicks'. The composition is a parody of the 'bella donna' genre of sixteenth century maiolica which bear portrait heads of girls.
Sale 'Catalogue d'une jolie collection de majoliques italiennes', Paris, 1855; Baur; Le Carpentier collection, France; Roger Peyrefitte; Peyrefitte sale, Paris 1977; Carlo De Carlo, Florence; sold by his heirs, Venice, 2001; bought by Raine