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Pharmacy bottle

ca. 1470–1500
Italian, probably Pesaro
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): H. 12 1/8 x W. 7 9/16 x D. 7 9/16 in. (30.8 x 19.2 x 19.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
This bottle was produced for use in a pharmacy; its inscription "aqua de bogolosa" indicates that it was intended to contain water of bugloss, a plant that was used for medicinal purposes.
Inscription: On white band, in blue enamel: "aqua d bogolosa" (bugloss water)

Sticker on inside of rim: C 1945

Notations written on underside: 80/ TV3/ A (?)

Marking: Unmarked
Adolf von Beckerath , Berlin (until 1913; sale, Rudolphe Lepke's Kunst-auktions-haus , Berlin, November 4, 1913, no. 49); Walter von Pannwitz , Berlin (by 1925) ; [ his collection through Stiebel Ltd. , sold to MMA ]
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