U di Calce

This blue monochrome albarello is decorated with cobalt blue vines and leaves. The escroll in the center of the container is inscribed with gothic script that reads U di calce. The jar would have contained unguentum di calce, or ointment of chalk. The ointment, made of chalk, wax, and oil of roses was used as a salve on burns.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1500
Date made
1500 - 1599
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 17.3 cm x 13.5 cm; 6 13/16 in x 5 5/16 in
place made
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 418
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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