This albarello has a stylized blue and yellow–brown floral motif. A green dragon resting in a footed cup is pictured in the center of the cartouche. Below the cartouche is an escroll inscribed with black lettering, MASTICI. Bands of blue and orange circle the neck and just above the base of the container. Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang in The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue notes that this container and 1991.0664.0516 were painted by the same artist, based on the similar palates and decorative motifs. The jar contained mastic, a resin obtained from bark and used as a tonic and astringent.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
16th century
Date made
1500 - 1599
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 17 cm x 12.3 cm; 6 11/16 in x 4 27/32 in
attributed to
Italia: Toscana, Florence
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 441
catalog number
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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