Ell di Sebesten

This blue monochrome albarello is decorated with cobalt blue vines and leaves. The escroll in the center of the container is marked in gothic script that reads Ell di Sebesten. Albarelli with wide mouths held dry bulk materia medica. Inscriptions of the jar's contents begin to appear about 1450. This jar would have contained Sebestena, the sweet plum fruit from the Cordia myxa tree that was used to soothe the throat.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1500
Date made
1500 - 1550
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 17.3 cm x 12 cm; 6 13/16 in x 4 23/32 in
place made
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 415
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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