Mudéjar Ceramics
'The need to adapt to their customers' changing tastes forced Mudéjar potters to revise their repertoire.'
Coats of arms, which although not initially the exclusive trappings of the nobility subsequently became closely associated with it, reached their apogee in the 9th / 15th and 10th / 16th centuries, as can be seen from their widespread use and application to a range of objects, including commissioned ceramic items. The cartouche bearing Christian inscriptions, a device closely related to heraldry, also appears in Mudéjar ceramics.

Second half of the 15th century
National Archaeological Museum
Madrid, Spain
The introduction and development of heraldry in Mudéjar ceramics was a reaction to the demand created by a strong market and further fuelled by the European nobility which desired luxury items in order to underline their privileged position.