Albarello

Description
This albarello is painted with the image of a blue bird on a yellow background with green foliage and blue flowers. A white diagonal scroll reads Ilelrosa.exfo. in blue.
An albarello is a type of jar made from tin-glazed earthenware known as Majolica. This type of jar was used in apothecary shops from the time of the Middle Ages. Majolica pottery received its name from the Italian town of Majorca, where this style of earthenware was developed. The tin glaze of majolica resulted in an opaque whiteness that mimics porcelain. The jar would then be painted with vivid colors.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
jar, albarello
date made
16th century
Date made
1500 - 1599
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21.2 cm x 11.5 cm; 8 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in
overall: 8 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 21.2725 cm x 11.43 cm
place made
Italy
Italia: Toscana, Siena
ID Number
1991.0664.0531
catalog number
M-05743
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 455
catalog number
1991.0664.0531
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
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