Pharmacy storage jar depicting St John the Baptist

Made:
1501-1600 in Italy
maker:
Unknown
Left hand side - A42578, Tin glazed earthenware pharmacy jar, portrait of St. Lawrence, made in Venice, Italian 1501 -

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Left hand side - A42578, Tin glazed earthenware pharmacy jar, portrait of St. Lawrence, made in Venice, Italian 1501 -
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Tin-glazed earthenware pharmacy storage jar, portrait of St. John the Baptist, made at Venice, Italian, 1501-1600

Many Christians have long believed that the saints are able to plead with God on their behalf and that particular saints can give protection against, or help cure, specific illnesses. Painted on the earthenware jar (on the right hand side of the photograph) is the figure of St John the Baptist, who baptised Jesus. St John’s Wort is named after him as the plant is said to flower on the eve of his feast day. The plant was used to treat wounds and is now sometimes used to treat clinical depression. It is shown here with a similar jar depicting St Lawrence (A42578).

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A42497
type:
storage jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • storage vessel
credit:
Christies