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In the Walters Art Museum an oval stand for ewer with an allegory of the Redemption is present [1]. The descriptions reads: “In Northern Europe the cultural revolution of the Renaissance developed alongside the religious and political revolution embodied in the Reformation. This ewer-stand is decorated with a Lutheran allegory in which Man is placed between Sin and Redemption. Man is seated at the foot of a tree which is withered on the left side and in bloom on the right. On the left of the composition are pictured the Original Sin of Adam and Eve and other scenes from the Old Testament. Death is represented allegorically by the skeleton stretched on a tomb. On the right is the Lamb of God, symbolic of the Grace bestowed on Man in the New Testament. The resurrecting figure of Christ rising from the tomb represents the victory over Sin and Death. The enamel states in visual terms the teachings of St. Paul that man’s salvation depends solely on the Grace of God and not on the prescriptions of the Old Testament Law or of the Church of Rome. Parading around the border are all manner of fantastic creatures- a windmill with a face, trumpeting fauns, snails riding elephants, hares, dragons and even irreverent caricatures of an emperor, a pope, a cardinal and two monks. Such grotesques were the product of the lively imaginations of French and Flemish artists who were working at the French royal court at Fontainebleau”. It was made in 1566 by Pierre Reymond in Limoges (France). The object is painted enamel on copper.

On the border two mirrored motifs can be seen, both with an elephant with a snail on a sedan chair opposing a bird. The snail is stylised, one with a dextral shell, the other a sinistral one.


[1] WAB 44357. http://bit.ly/1dj28WQ (2.ii.2014).