This albarello has a matte glaze with a central decoration of a crane on one leg inside a golden shield. The top of the jar bears a heart shaped symbol topped by a cross, with an “A” in the center. This mark likely denoted the apothecary that owned the jar. The jar is marked “ELL LENITIVO” and would have contained a lenitive electuary, a paste that was used as a laxative.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Pharmacy


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Related Publication: Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0618Catalog Number: M-05830Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 542Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0618

Object Name: jaralbarello

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 23 cm x 14 cm; 9 1/16 in x 5 1/2 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-760c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_993465

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