Drug jar showing St Matthew, Italy, 1570-1630

Made:
1570-1630 in Deruta
maker:
Unknown

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Left hand side - A97373, Syrup jug, Italian from Deruta, late 16th century or early 17th century, polychrome maiolica,
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Syrup jug, Italian from Deruta, late 16th century or early 17th century, polychrome maiolica, figure of St. Matthew, used syrup of sweet flag

Medieval Christian teaching included the notion that illness and disease were the result of sin. Prayers were said to saints who could plead with God and aid the recovery of devotees.

St Matthew, a Christian saint and apostle, is shown on the left hand jar, which was used to store a plant called sweet flag. Matthew was an apostle and writer of the first Gospel of the New Testament of the Bible. “SPQR” (Senatus Populusque Romanus), the motto of Rome meaning “Senate and People of Rome” is painted on the side. The jar is shown here with a similar example depicting St John (A97372).

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A97373
type:
drug jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Sotheby's

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