Spanish Lustre Dish

Part of the Illuminating Objects series: 6 February 2013 to 29 April 2013

This dish was probably made in Manises, a small town on the outskirts of Valencia, between about 1500 and 1525. The region of Valencia was home to a large-scale manufacture of lustred ceramics, exporting its wares all over Europe between about 1400 and 1600, with Manises as its most important centre. Spanish lustreware has a dual heritage, reflecting the Islamic and Christian history of the Iberian Peninsula: while the shape of this dish is European, the monochrome (one-colour) lustre and other elements recall the earlier ceramics of Islamic Spain.

This dish has been researched, presented and interpreted by Tanja Tolar, a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London). The findings were presented at a seminar held as SOAS in the spring term of 2013.