V.PET TORA

Description
This tin–glazed albarello was made in Siena, Italy during the 16th century. The jar is decorated with ochre wavy ribbons that flank green foliage and blue, yellow, and ochre flowers over a white glazed background. A blue winged angel and a shield and a castle sit just above a blue and white band inscribed, V.PET TORA. The jar would have contained unguentum pectoral, an ointment to help alleviate a variety of chest pains and lung ailments.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
16th century
Date made
1500 - 1599
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17.8 cm x 10.2 cm; 7 in x 4 1/32 in
place made
Italy
Italia: Toscana, Siena
ID Number
1991.0664.0534
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05746
collector/donor number
SAP 458
catalog number
1991.0664.0534
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
See more items in
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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