Tin glazed earthenware bowl, depicting a parturition scene, Italy, 1551-1600

Made:
1551-1600 in Italy

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Tin glazed earthenware bowl, depicting a parturition scene, probably Urbino, Italian, second half of 16th century

Scenes of childbirth and nursing newborns were common in Renaissance Italy. Parturition or birthing sets served foods to pregnant women during pregnancy or after childbirth. Parturition scenes eased the fears of expectant mothers by depicting positive birthing images. These sets usually consisted of several items that would fit together when not in use. This tin glazed earthenware bowl is thought to be from Urbino in Italy and dates from 1551-1599. It depicts a woman in labour; she is seated with her arms gesturing upwards surrounded by four women in Renaissance dress.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A661019
type:
bowl
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel