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Pharmacy Jar

Date:
1400–1450
Geography:
Made in probably Manises, Valencia, Spain
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Tin-glazed earthenware
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (31.8 x 14 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.110.22
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307
Pharmacy jars used for spices and drugs were a specialty of Valencian potters during the 1400s. Their shape—tall and slender without handles or spouts—made them easy to store, while the wide mouth provided ready access to their contents. A parchment label (attached with a string) would have indicated their contents.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (sold 1908)]
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