- ca. 1470–1500
- Italian, probably Pesaro
- Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
- Overall (confirmed): 12 1/8 × 7 9/16 × 7 9/16 in. (30.8 × 19.2 × 19.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
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Vessels of this shape, with long, narrow necks, were designed to hold liquid preparations. In this example, the inscription shows that it was meant to contain water of the bugloss plant, once valued as an antivenom. Such labels first appeared on Italian pharmacy jars in the mid-1400s and became commonplace by the end of the century. The striking peacock-feather ornament helps trace the bottle’s manufacture to the town of Pesaro, where it was a favorite design.