Albarello, Bol Armenic

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
1500 - 1599
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
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
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 435
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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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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