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"Albarello" with a Shepherdess Lifting Her Skirt

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Description An "albarello" is a cylindrical jar that takes its shape from imported Islamic pottery. It belongs to a larger group of wares with predominantly erotic motifs that have initial "B" or "B°" on the back. The initial most likely refers to the workshop where the jars were made, but it could refer a single patron who commissioned the group. Sexual imagery is frequently found on Renaissance objects made for private use.
  • Art and Love in Renaissance Italy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. 2008-2009.
Provenance Sir Edgar and Lady Speyer, London; Walters Art Museum, 1961, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On the side, in black: B°; [Inscription] On the bottom: 2/5
Credit Museum purchase, 1961

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ca. 1500-1520 (Renaissance)
earthenware with tin glaze (maiolica)
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8 1/8 in. (20.7 cm)

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