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Tudor; c. 1510
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Late Medieval Religion: Worship
The Italian merchant community in London constituted a small but wealthy and influential group. They imported a range of luxury commodities from their homeland to satisfy London consumers, as well as souvenirs and treasured items for personal use. Maiolica vases from Tuscany decorated with religious motifs were especially popular, and dozens of examples have been excavated in London. This vase, from about 1510, is typical. The medallion incorporates a version of the sacred 'YHS' trigram (from the Greek spelling of Jesus: IHSOVS) advocated by St Bernardino in 1427, and is encircled by a band from which fan-like palms radiate in spandrels.
H 140 mm; DM (max) 107 mm
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