Apothecary Jar, Assug porci

Description (Brief)
A waisted albarello apothecary jar with a white glazed background and cobalt blue and ochre geometric and flora decoration. The escroll in the center of the jar is inscribed in gothic script and marked ...Assug porci. An Albarello is a type of majolica earthenware jar used in apothecary shops from the time of the Middle Ages. Majolica pottery received its named from the Italian town of Majorca, where the style of earthenware was developed. The tin glaze of majolica resulted in an opaque whiteness that mimics porcelain which would then be painted with vivid colors.
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar, albarello
date made
ca 1500
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 17.5 cm x 13.5 cm; 6 7/8 in x 5 5/16 in
overall: 7 3/8 in x 5 1/2 in; 18.7325 cm x 13.97 cm
place made
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 413
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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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