Unknown author17th century

Grão Vasco National Museum

Grão Vasco National Museum
Viseu, Portugal

The large and fairly deep circular emblazoned dish, with a broad rim, has a blue border and a fine manganese band around four “spiders” (the corrupted Portuguese drawing of the Chinese artemisia leaf), outlined in manganese and filled in with blue, alternating with four bulbous flowers. The beginning of the wall is marked off with blue borders and the bottom of the dish has a central reserve defined by a concentric band around the coat of arms of the Silva family – a pointed shield, outlined in manganese, with a blue lion in the middle, in slight relief. This shield is also crowned on the outside by an open helmet and flanked by a composition of arabesques.


  • Title: Dish
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Physical Location: Grâo Vasco Nacional Museum, Viseu, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 5.8 cm x 39.3 cm
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: © DGPC/ADF/Photographer:Carlos Monteiro, 2004
  • Medium: Molded dish with a circular shape, big and quite deep, in white earthenware glazed and decorated in blue and manganese

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