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Catartico Imperiale

Catartico Imperiale

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This albarello has cobalt blue flowers and vines with yellowish–brown accents on a white background. During this early period of Italian majolica colors were generally limited to a rich cobalt blue, manganese and ochre. An escroll in the center of the container is inscribed with gothic lettering that reads Catatiru Impiat. The jar likely would have contained catartico Imperiale, a purgative electuary, or paste, which was made from scammony (bindweed), cardamom, and cinnamon.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1500
Date made
place made
Italy: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 17.5 cm x 13.3 cm; 6 7/8 in x 5 1/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 414
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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