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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1500
place made
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1991.0664.0489
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05701
collector/donor number
SAP 413
catalog number
1991.0664.0489
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Medicine
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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