Jug with a Musical Theme


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Three large medallions, each labeled with the date 1536, decorate the body of this oval jug. They show the mythological figure of Orpheus playing a lira da braccio, a musician in contemporary dress playing a lute, and Elisha, an Old Testament prophet with a turban and a long beard, reading a book. In the Bible, on hearing the music of a stringed instrument, Elisha entered an ecstatic trance and began preaching about doom and destruction. The musical theme of the three medallions suggests that the jug's owner was a music lover or perhaps a musician himself.

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  • Title: Jug with a Musical Theme
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1536
  • Location Created: Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 32.5 x 13.3 x 26 cm (12 13/16 x 5 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Dated "1536" on each of four tablets under the medallions.
  • Object Type: Jug
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DE.115
  • Inscription: Inscription: On each of the four tablets under the medallions, "1536". in one medallion "Elixeo" beside a bearded and turbaned old man.
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N101
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Decorative Arts