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Ewer Basin Depicting Five Scenes from Genesis
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Ewer Basin Depicting Five Scenes from Genesis


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Description A ewer basin is placed underneath the pitcher. The five scenes separated by trees or rocks are from Genesis: God creating Eve from the rib of Adam, God introducing Adam and Eve to the Garden of Eden, the Original Sin, Cain killing Abel, followed by (rather than preceded by) Adam and Eve fleeing the Garden. As on the ewer nearby, a serious biblical story is complemented by an amusing, inventive border of cavorting monsters. The central medallion with the ancient Roman goddess Diana is a replacement.
Provenance Marquis of Salamanca [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, London, April 14, 1874, lot 279; Frederic Spitzer [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, April 17-June 16, 1893, lot 501; Charles Stein [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, June 8-10, 1899, lot 22; Seligmann Brothers, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1905, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1905

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Period
1563
Medium
painted enamel on copper
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.208
Measurements
Diam: 18 1/8 in. (46 cm)
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