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Pharmacy jar

Date:
ca. 1500–1520
Culture:
Italian, perhaps Siena
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 12 3/4 x W. 11 3/8 x D. 10 3/4 in. (32.4 x 28.9 x 27.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.68
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
Jars such as this were found in apothecary shops, filled with the product described on the cartouche, in this case "Lactuce [con]diti," possibly a form of preserved lettuce ("Lattuga"), or a plant with sedative powers, Lactusa virosa.
Inscription: In Gothic characters on reverse: LACTUCE QDITI
George and Florence Blumenthal , Paris and New York (before 1926–41; bequeathed to MMA)
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