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Plate with Profile Bust of a Woman
Italy (Deruta), 1519
Majolica, with beige, copper, gold, and blue glazes
Diameter: 9 1/2 inches (240 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1906; AZ020
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Produced in large numbers during the first half of the sixteenth century, majolica plates and shallow basins with profile busts of women were probably presented as betrothal or wedding gifts. This plate, dated 1519 on the back, is related to basins produced in Deruta, one of the major Italian centers of majolica production during the Renaissance.

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