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Albarello

Maker:
Manner of Maestro Benedetto
Date:
1515
Culture:
Italian, Siena
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 9 15/16 x 5 3/16 x 5 3/16 in. (25.2 x 13.2 x 13.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.166
Not on view
This jar is from the pharmacy of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, Siena. The cylindrical shape was considered to resemble a little tree trunk, hence the name albarello for this type of jar. The slight inward curve of the side would permit it to be grasped when standing among a row of closely packed jars on a shelf in the pharmacy. The decoration is in the manner of the potter Maestro Benedetto, who was active as a majolica painter in the first half of the sixteenth century.
Inscription: "1515"
Douglas Bode
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