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Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar

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Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar


Milan Marsyas Painter attributed to (painter)


tin-glazed earthenware






Maiolica broad-rimmed bowl, painted in polychrome with Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar.

Broad-rimmed bowl. Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige and tinged with green. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white. Shape 57. Circular with a wide, almost flat rim and small deep well; the underside of the rim moulded with three bands of reeding. Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar. Meleager stands on the left aiming his bow and arrow at the boar which is already wounded and fleeing towards the right. In the landscape background there are trees, hills and a town. Above, suspended from the branches of a tree, there is a shield of Tuscan form charged with the arms azure, three crescents addorsed argent (one above and two below). The edge is yellow.

Production Place

Urbino (painter) (place)

The Marches (painter) (region)

Italy (painter) (country)

Italian (painter) (nationality)

Technique Description

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige and tinged with green. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white.


height: (whole): 3.2 cm
diameter: (whole): 19.3 cm


second quarter of 16th century


circa 1530


given: de Pass, Alfred A. 1933 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Given by A.A. De Pass


  1. label
    Method: printed in black
    Description: oval
    Interpretation: museum label


  1. Rackham, Bernard The De Pass pottery in the Fitzwilliam Museum, [page: pp. 246-7]
    Source title: Connoisseur (April 1934)
    [comments: Publ. p. 246, pl. III & p. 247]
  2. [page: 66]
  3. Mallet, J.V.G. (1988) Xanto: i suoi compagni e seguaci, Rovigo [page: p. 93]
    Source title: Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo, Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi (
    [comments: Publ. p. 93, pl. 4]
  4. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: pp. 314-6]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 314-6, no. 380; for the probable source, see p. 315, fig. 18.]
  5. Mallet, J.V.G. (2007) Xanto, Pottery-Painter, Poet, Man of the Italian Renaissance, London [page: 100-01]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 100-01, no. 26.]
  6. Panayotova, Stella (2008) I Turned It Into a Palace, Sydney Cockerell and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum
    [comments: Publ. p. 66, fig. 2.9 in colour]
  7. Satolli, Alberto (2008) Cotto & Biscotto, il porco cinturello in carne e. . . ossidi, Orvieto: Comune di Orvieto [page: 15]
    [comments: Publ. p. 15, pl. VII c]

Other Notes

The hunting of the Calydonian Boar is described in Ovid's Metamorphoses, VIII, 270-444. The goddess Diana, offended by a slight, sent a gigantic and ferocious boar to terrorize Calydon. Meleager formed a band of his companions, including the fleet-footed Atalanta, to track down the boar and kill it. After a long and arduous hunt, Meleager succeeded in spearing it, and presented its skin and head to Atalanta.

Accession Number

C.132-1933 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 79972; Input Date: 2002-07-04 / Last Edit: 2011-04-28)

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