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Dish showing an Angel Holding Shields

16th century
Artist/maker unknown, German

This dish was probably made in Nuremberg, Germany, where dish manufacturing was on such a large scale that a coalition of dish makers was organized to oversee quality. Nuremberg artists favored religious subject matter, although some pieces had purely ornamental decoration. Despite being well suited for display, such objects could also be used in conjunction with a pitcher or spouted bowl with a handle (called a laver or lavabo) for handwashing at mealtimes.

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