May 20, 2008
May 20, 2008
May 20, 2008

Pharmacy Jar (Albarello)

Pharmacy Jar (Albarello)

c. 1510

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Overall: 22.6 cm (8 7/8 in.)

Gift of the Twentieth Century Club 1965.553

Did you know?

The scroll along the bottom reads DIA IRIS, indicating that it may have once held a medicinal iris compound.


Storage jars that lined the shelves of Renaissance pharmacies often held medicinal herbs, spices, and ointments. Their shape made them easy to grasp while the flared lip allowed apothecaries to seal off the contents with parchment or cloth secured by a string. This particular storage jar depicts a child riding a wild boar.

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