Drug jar, Italy, 1500-1700

Made:
1500-1700 in Italy
maker:
Unknown
Italian majolica pharmacy jar (broken). Portrait and devils head visable. Graduated grey background. Italian majolica pharmacy jar (broken). Reverse side, devils head visable. Graduated grey background.

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Italian majolica pharmacy jar (broken). Portrait and devils head visable. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Italian majolica pharmacy jar (broken). Reverse side, devils head visable. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Italian majolica pharmacy jar (broken)

The decoration of this pharmacy jar displays a high level of creativity by the maker. The two sides of the jar are decorated completely differently. The original contents are unknown, but the jar would have been used to store medical preparations or treatments and covered with a vellum or paper lid tied with string to protect the contents.

A photograph from the 1970s shows the vase in several pieces. Thanks to some painstaking conservation work, the vase has been restored to something like its former glory.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A43080
type:
drug jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Fenton and Son