Maker: Probably by Orazio Fontana workshop

Date: ca. 1560

Culture: Italian, Urbino

Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 12 7/8 x 23 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (32.7 x 59.7 x 59.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931

Accession Number: 32.100.362


The battle with elephants depicted in the interior of the basin is probably after a design by Taddeo Zuccaro (1529–1566). Cisterns such as this were used at large feasts or banquets to keep wine cool. The cistern would be filled with cold water and the wine receptables placed inside.