May 7, 2008
May 7, 2008

Albarello with Two Rabbits

Albarello with Two Rabbits

1300s

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Overall: 22.3 x 9.9 cm (8 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.)

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen 1943.276

Description

This albarello, a cylindrical jar used to store dry medicinal herbs, exemplifies the wares of Paterna, near Valencia. Its decoration is dominated by the crest of the Luna family, Lords of Paterna, under which two rabbits are shown nibbling on a grapevine. These vessels were commonly used in spice stores and hospital pharmacies.

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