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Dish with Constantine the Great
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Dish with Constantine the Great

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Description Constantine was the first Christian Emperor of Rome; his dramatic conversion and military victories made him the ideal Christian soldier. He is shown in prayer, surrounded by an inscription that translates, "I commend myself to God." This is a "piatto di pompe," or ceremonial dish, distinguished by its impressive size and skillful decoration. In the 16th century, a group of these large dishes could take the place of fine metal vessels on a sideboard display. Painted in cobalt blue and gold-colored luster, it reveals the influence of Hispano-Moresque pottery.
Provenance Normand Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On the front, around the marli, an alternating pattern of rosettes and concave-sided squares containing one or two letters each of the inscription: I O M A RE C H O M A D O+ +A DI O + (Io mare chomado a Dio); [Translation] I commend myself to God ; [Inscription] On the back center, in greenish-yellow, a cross
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1530-1545 (Renaissance)
earthenware with tin glaze (maiolica) and luster decoration
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3 5/16 x 15 3/4 in. (8.4 x 40 cm)


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