|Bowl, 18th century|
This bowl is decorated in green, yellow, and aubergine against a white ground. Its central element is a large rosette in the form of a six-pointed star, around which fish move in a circle. The bowl may have been meant for secular use. Fish, however, were a symbol of the early Christian church, and bowls decorated on the interior with fish are known to have been used for the distribution of the Eucharist to the faithful.
Only the Best: Masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
By Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)