Not all inscriptions appearing on maiolica storage vessels specify their contents. In this case, the words are a warning: "Laga me stare e no me tocare" (Let me be and do not touch me). Although unambiguous in sentiment, the statement is rather mysterious without its original context. It may refer to the angry-looking dog on the exterior of the jar, or possibly to poisonous materials contained within.
Inscription: Inscribed on scroll, in Gothic letters: lagamestare • enometocare [trans.: Lasciami stare e non mi toccare; Let me be and do not touch me]
Sigismond Bardac , Paris (until 1913; sold as part of the Bardac collection to Seligmann); [ Arnold Seligmann , Paris and New York, 1913–14; sold as part of the Bardac collection to Schiff ]; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (1914–d. 1931; on loan to MMA 1917–19; to his son, John); by descent, John M. Schiff (1931–46; on loan to MMA 1937–46, on view 1937–41; his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 4, 1946, no. 14; sold for $750 plus $37.50 commission to French and Company); [ French and Co., New York , as agent for MMA, 1946 ]