Albarello drug jar, Sicily, 1629

Made:
1629 in Sicily
maker:
Unknown

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Tin-glazed earthenware drug jar, polychrome decoration, from Sicily, 1629

The earthenware drug jar has the date and the initials “SPQR” painted on to the side, which stand for Senatus Populusque Romanus (“The Senate and People of Rome”). The decoration includes a bearded man with outstretched arms and the trophies and spoils of war – the defeated enemies’ shields, armour, drums and musical instruments. These trophies would be displayed on a battlefield or a public place to commemorate a military victory.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A643277
type:
drug jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle