Drug pot (one of a pair)

Workshop of Orazio Pompei Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521

Yellow scales cover the spouts of these pots (see also 41.190.73), culminating in dragons’ heads at the openings; these vessels would have been used to store herbal syrups. The intersection of spout and body is marked by a painted flower, with male and female portraits appearing on either side. Fantastic and chaotic, these pots must have brought joy to the pharmacist’s routine.

Drug pot (one of a pair), Workshop of Orazio Pompei (Italian, ca. 1516–1590/96), Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, Castelli

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