Pharmacy jar (albarello)

Workshop of Masséot Abaquesne French
Laurent Abaquesne

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544

Featuring tulips and a grotesque head in profile, this jar was designed to store herbs, powders, and other dry medicines that would have been protected from spoilage by a piece of parchment secured around the opening. The container was probably part of an order for 4,152 vessels placed by an apothecary in 1545 with Masséot Abaquesne, who ran a large workshop with his son, Laurent.

Pharmacy jar (albarello), Workshop of Masséot Abaquesne (French, active 1538–57) and, Tin-glazed earthenware, French, Rouen

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