Albarello

Description
This albarello is decorated with rich yellow, blue, and green glazes. St. Sebastian is depicted within a yellow oval. One side of the jar is decorated with soldier’s armor, helmets, shields, and a drum all iconography associated with the martyrdom of St. Sebastian. The container’s shoulders are decorated with bands of acanthus leaves. St. Sebastian is the patron saint of archers and soldiers. When the Black Death was running rampant in 14th-century Europe, he became the patron saint of plague sufferers as well.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
albarello
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 29.5 cm x 14 cm; 11 5/8 in x 5 1/2 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0548
catalog number
M-05760
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 472
catalog number
1991.0664.0548
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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