Naples Plate 19th – A Fortified Farmhouse (Masseria)

Italy 19th – Private Collection Greece

Large hand painted plate from Naples region (late 19th c.). A fortified farmhouse (masseria) with a watch-tower in the centre and a continuous meander on the rim. The fortification of Italian farmhouses was necessary for the protection of crops and people, from pirate and bandit attacks (d 45 cm, private collection, Athens Greece).

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