Footed bowl, Italy

Footed bowl, Italy

Footed bowl
Italy, Ferrara
1480-1500
Earthenware, with moulded and incised slip decoration and coloured glazes
Museum no. 187-1866

In the main design, a naked youth fights a dragon held on a leash by a young woman. The scene was incised through light-coloured slip (liquid clay) to reveal the dark earthenware beneath. This technique, first practised in China, reached Italy after 1200.

Incised slipware was most popular in northern Italy. This, the most ambitious example known, was made for the ducal court in Ferrara.