Artist: Painted by Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582)
Culture: Italian, Urbino
Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions: Overall: 1 7/8 × 16 in. (4.8 × 40.6 cm)
Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number: 32.100.378
An inscription on the reverse of this dish identifies the story—a loyal eagle choosing to die alongside the maiden who raised him—and its source, the Roman author Pliny the Elder. The bystanders on the rim react to the action that would have been entirely covered by food. With the dish empty, we see how the painter cleverly used the convex shape to promote a sense of recession within the scene.