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Stemmed Cup with Two Handles
Italy (Deruta), sixteenth century
Majolica
7 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches (180 x 115 x 150 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1906; AZ016
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This stemmed cup bears the scale ornamentation characteristic of pottery from Deruta, a center in Umbria of Renaissance majolica. The light-colored earthenware is covered with opaque lead glaze, here set off by brilliant copper-luster borders. Greek deities of fertility—Artemis, Demeter, and Triptolemus—and their serpent attendants are depicted on the interior at the base of the cup.

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