Catartico Imperiale

Description
This albarello has cobalt blue flowers and vines with yellowish–brown accents on a white background. During this early period of Italian majolica colors were generally limited to a rich cobalt blue, manganese and ochre. An escroll in the center of the container is inscribed with gothic lettering that reads Catatiru Impiat. The jar likely would have contained catartico Imperiale, a purgative electuary, or paste, which was made from scammony (bindweed), cardamom, and cinnamon.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
albarello
date made
ca 1500
Date made
1475
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17.5 cm x 13.3 cm; 6 7/8 in x 5 1/4 in
place made
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
ID Number
1991.0664.0490
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05702
collector/donor number
SAP 414
catalog number
1991.0664.0490
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
See more items in
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
Drey, Rudolf E.A.. Apothecary Jars
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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