The Wallace Collection

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Pharmacy jar
  • Pharmacy jar
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Siena, Italy
  • c. 1510 - 1520
  • Tin-glazed earthenware, painted
  • Height: 22.8 cm
    Diameter: 12.5 cm
  • Inscription: 'aspalto'
  • C78
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Glazed earthenware jars were used in pharmacies to store dried herbs and medicines. The jars often bore the names of the contents,
    such as this one, which held aspalto (for asfalto - a drug used in the treatment of ulcers).