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Catalog Number R1967.1.122
Object Name Plate
Description Plate decorated in famille rose enamels and gold, with shell-and-scroll border, central scene of four women standing by a well, another departing, and a sixth woman seated near a rock, as a bearded man approaches.

Based on the account in Genesis 24, the woman filling the ewer at the well is Rebekah, a virgin "very fair to look upon." The man approaching her for a drink is Eliezer, the faithful servant of Abraham, who seeks a sign that the lovely maiden is the one whom God has chosen to be the wife of his master's son ("Let the maiden to whom I say 'Pray let down your jar that I may drink'...be the one whom thou has appointed for thy servant Isaac.")

One of the most popular religious subjects known on export ware, the scene is after a European engraving that probably was published in an illustrated Bible.
Year Range from 1745
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View No