This albarello has a yellow background surrounded by a green wreath with yellow and blue berries. An image of an angel stands above a blue and white scroll reads EL PLIRI ARGOR in black.
An albarello is a type of jar made from tin-glazed earthenware known as Majolica. This type of jar was used in apothecary shops from the time of the Middle Ages. Majolica pottery received its name from the Italian town of Majorca, where this style of earthenware was developed. The tin glaze of majolica resulted in an opaque whiteness that mimics porcelain. The jar would then be painted with vivid colors.
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar, albarello
date made
17th century
Date made
1600 - 1699
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 18.7 cm x 11.2 cm; 7 3/8 in x 4 7/16 in
overall: 7 5/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 19.3675 cm x 11.43 cm
place made
Italia: Toscana, Siena
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 462
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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