Geography: Made in probably Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware
Dimensions: Overall: 12 5/8 x 9 3/16 x 6 1/2 in. (32 x 23.3 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number: 16.154.5
A short ladder surmounted by a cross was the emblem of the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, where it stood in front of the steps (scala) of the city's cathedral. The hospital also had a branch in Florence, and this work could have served as a drug container in the pharmacy of either location.