TROCIS DE CAPPA RIBVS

Description
This albarello is elaborately decorated with mythical figures. A white scroll is marked TROCIS DE CAPPA RIBVS in blue text. Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang attributes this jar from the Italian city of Urbina and dates it to the 16th century. Albarelli with wide mouths were used to store dry leaves and bark and other bulky material.
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
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17.8 cm x 13.5 cm; 7 in x 5 5/16 in
overall: 6 5/8 in x 5 in; 16.8275 cm x 12.7 cm
place made
Italia: Marche, Urbino
ID Number
1991.0664.0553
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05765
collector/donor number
SAP 477
catalog number
1991.0664.0553
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Mythology
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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