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Title: 1885M1563 Plate - The Legend of Shooting the Dead Body
Description: 1885M1563
Plate - The Legend of Shooting the Dead Body, 1540-1575
Maiolica, tin glazed and painted earthenware
Attributed to: Giacomo Mancini

The plate shows a scene from the 'Shooting the Dead Body' tale. A nobleman died in Persia and two different people claimed to be his only son and heir. A judge devised a test to discover which one was the true son. An archery competition was arranged with the body of the dead man as the target. One of the boys shoots and hits the body, whilst the other boy says that he cannot desecrate the body of his father. The second boy is announced as the rightful heir.
Keywords:
Applied Arts
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Pottery
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Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
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Italy
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16th Century
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Ceramics
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Earthenware
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Antiquities
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Europe
   
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0
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Credit Line: Purchased through Sir Charles Robinson.