Majolica pharmacy jar

Made:
1730-1750 in Albisola
maker:
Grosso
Blue and white majolica pharmacy vase, 1730-1750. Front view. Grey background.

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Blue and white majolica pharmacy vase, 1730-1750. Front view. Grey background.
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Blue and white majolica pharmacy vase, ornate snake handles, decorated with scenes of the Circumcision and 3 devil's heads, used by the Order of Minimes by Grosso, Albiola, Italy, 1730-1750

This pharmacy jar is illustrated with scenes of a circumcision and three devils’ heads. Entwined snakes form the handles. The large jar, measuring 660 mm in height, was used and owned by the Order of Minims (or Minimes), a Christian religious order for men founded in 1435. Religious orders were one of the main sources of medical care for the poor in Europe.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A631895
type:
drug jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust