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.

Date Made: 16th centuryDate Made: 1500 - 1599

Location: Currently not on view

Attributed To: Italy: Tuscany, Florence

Subject: Pharmacy


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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

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0517Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05729Collector/Donor Number: SAP 441Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0517

Object Name: jar

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 17 cm x 12.3 cm; 6 11/16 in x 4 27/32 in


Record Id: nmah_993624

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