Albarello

Date: 1515

Culture: Italian, Siena

Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 9 15/16 × 5 3/16 × 5 3/16 in. (25.2 × 13.2 × 13.2 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923

Accession Number: 23.166

Description

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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