Storage jar with a portrait of St Lawrence, Italy, 1501-1600

Made:
1501-1600 in Italy
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. Lawrence, made at Venice, Italian, 1501-1600

St Lawrence (225-258 CE), a Christian saint and martyr of Rome, is painted on the storage jar on the left. 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. It is shown here with a similar jar depicting St John (A42497).

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A42578
type:
storage jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • storage vessel
credit:
Christie