The dish is painted with a head composed of penises.

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

Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH
01865 278000

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Daily: 10:00am - 17:00pm

Open until 20:00 on the last friday of every month excluding December

Exhibitions at Ashmolean Museum

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