Description (Brief)
This albarello is decorated with a blue-gray glazed background and bands of yellow, blue, and magnesium. Below the mark the jar is decorated with light curvilinear elements surrounding a grotesque. Marked just below the shoulder,T DI NITROS.
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
17th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 16.7 cm x 12 cm; 6 9/16 in x 4 3/4 in
overall: 6 1/8 in x 4 1/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 10.4775 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 481
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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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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