Dish with deer, Spain

Dish with deer, Spain

Dish with deer
Spain, Paterna
1325-50
Tin-glazed earthenware, with decoration painted into the glaze
Museum no. C.21-1931

From the 8th century to 1492, Spain had both Muslim and Christian rulers. Many cultural exchanges took place, as when Christians adopted the Muslim traditions of making, and eating from, luxury ceramics.

Paterna, near Valencia, specialised in tin-glazed wares painted in manganese and copper (brown and green). The deer design and leafy scrollwork were also Islamic in origin, but had become part of the Christian culture of the Mediterranean.