Pharmacy Jar


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307

Pharmacy jars used for spices and drugs were a specialty of Valencian potters during the 1400s. Their shape—tall and slender without handles or spouts—made them easy to store, while the wide mouth provided ready access to their contents. A parchment label (attached with a string) would have indicated their contents.

Pharmacy Jar, Tin-glazed earthenware, Spanish

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