Apothecary Jar, Albarello

This container has two twisted green and white rope-style handles and is decorated with two portraits, one of a man and one of a woman at opposite sides of the container flanked by bands of blue, yellow and green cross hatching. Blue and yellow circular bands appear at the neck and just below the portraits. The container is a little lopsided.
George Urdang pharmaceutical historian attributes this container to either Siena or Castel Durante. In Italian Renaissance Maiolica, art historian Wendy M. Watson, notes in her that albarelli with "two handled drug jars, and decorated in the severe-style" were produced in the Tuscan region. However, exact attribution is very difficult.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1500
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 22.8 cm x 22.4 cm x 12.5 cm; 9 in x 8 13/16 in x 4 15/16 in
overall: 9 in x 10 1/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 22.86 cm x 25.7175 cm x 13.335 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 468
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
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