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pilgrim bottle
  • Orazio Fontana
    circa 1510–1571
    born: Castel Durante, Duchy of Urbino (present-day Urbania, Italy) ; died: Urbino, Duchy of Urbino (present-day Italy) ; active: Italy
  • pilgrim bottle, mid 1500s
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • maiolica, earthenware, glazing
  • Object Height: 42 cm
    Object Height: 16 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, W5
  • 1960.0076.a,b
Label Text

Bottle with a circular base, ovoid body and cylindrical neck. The bottle's stopper is domed and topped with a gold/yellow bead. The bottle is decorated with multi-colored scenes of the rape of Proserpine by Pluto and other classical figures. The sides of the bottle have a ram's head in relief with curled horns. (Maiolica)