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Storage jar (albarello) with profile portrait

Date:
ca. 1470–1500
Culture:
Italian, probably Naples or Naples district
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): H. 12 3/8 x W. 5 1/2 x D. 5 1/2 in. (31.4 x 14 x 14 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.85.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
Tall jars without handles that slightly narrow at the waist were the most common form of container used in Italian pharmacies during the Renaissance. Usually produced in sets, these jars might have held either dry or liquid contents.
Miss Walters Cacciola , Taormina, Sicily ; C. & E. Canessa , New York (by 1915) ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (before 1927–46; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 4, 1946, no. 73; sold through French & Co. to MMA)
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