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  • Pharmacy Jar, dated 1515
    Italian (Siena)
    Tin–glazed earthenware (majolica); H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1923 (23.166)

    This jar is from the pharmacy of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, Siena. The cylindrical shape was considered to resemble a little tree trunk, hence the name albarello for this type of jar. The slight inward curve of the side would permit it to be grasped when standing among a row of closely packed jars on a shelf in the pharmacy.

    The decoration is in the manner of the potter Maestro Benedetto, who was active as a majolica painter in the first half of the sixteenth century.

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  • Pharmacy Jar, dated 1515
    Italian (Siena)
    Tin-glazed earthenware (majolica); H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1923 (23.166)

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