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Early Victorian Hand Painted Toleware Tray with a Biblical Scene


Code: 11432


H: 56cm (22")W: 78cm (30.7")

An early 19th century toleware two handled tray, of rectangular form with pierced handles, the top edge drilled in order for the tray to be hung. 
Hand painted with a scene from the Book of Daniel, depicting Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia, with three female attendants standing on a dias before city walls with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. The paintwork is original.

NB: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are figures from chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel, three Hebrew men thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when they refuse to bow down to the king's image; the three are preserved from harm and the king sees four men walking in the flames, "the fourth ... like a son of God".