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Storage jar (albarello) depicting a dog

ca. 1470–1500
Italian, possibly Pesaro
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 11 13/16 × 5 5/8 × 5 5/8 in. (30 × 14.3 × 14.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
Not all inscriptions appearing on maiolica storage vessels specify their contents. In this case, the words are a warning: "Laga me stare e no me tocare" (Let me be and do not touch me). Although unambiguous in sentiment, the statement is rather mysterious without its original context. It may refer to the angry-looking dog on the exterior of the jar, or possibly to poisonous materials contained within.
Inscription: Inscribed on scroll, in Gothic letters: lagamestare • enometocare [trans.: Lasciami stare e non mi toccare; Let me be and do not touch me]
Sigismond Bardac , Paris (until 1913; sold as part of the Bardac collection to Seligmann); [ Arnold Seligmann , Paris and New York, 1913–14; sold as part of the Bardac collection to Schiff ]; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (1914–d. 1931; on loan to MMA 1917–19; to his son, John); by descent, John M. Schiff (1931–46; on loan to MMA 1937–46, on view 1937–41; his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 4, 1946, no. 14; sold for $750 plus $37.50 commission to French and Company); [ French and Co., New York , as agent for MMA, 1946 ]
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