Albarello, Bol Armenic

Description
This blue monochrome albarello is decorated with a vine and flora motif. Bands of cross-hatching are above and below the collars, and an scroll is inscribed with gothic script that reads BOL ARMNIC” The jar would have contained Armenian bole. Bole, or bolus (Latin for ball) were balls of clay with medicine mixed in that were either taken internally or applied externally to injured areas. Armenian bole would contain clay from Armenia that contained aluminum silicate and red iron.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
albarello
Date made
1500 - 1599
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 18.5 cm x 12.3 cm; 7 9/32 in x 4 27/32 in
attributed to
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
ID Number
1991.0664.0511
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05723
collector/donor number
SAP 435
catalog number
1991.0664.0511
subject
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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