Earthenware, tin-glazed albarello


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Earthenware, tin-glazed albarello, with painted scene of St. Martin, labelled to contain honey of dissolved roses, made in Castelli(?), Italian, 1697. The jar shows St. Martin, who is credited with curing a person with leprosy by kissing him. The scene depicts a different episode in which he cuts his cloak in half and gives some of it to a beggar. But the jar seems to conflate the two stories probably because the cape cutting episode is a standard depiction of St. Martin and honey of roses (which was in the jar) was used to treat leprosy.