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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Italian, Venetian
Title:Albarello
Date Made:late 16th century
Type:Container; Medical
Materials:Earthenware; polychrome pigments with tin glaze (majolica)
Place Made:Europe; Italy; Veneto: Venice
Measurements:overall: 9 5/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 24.4475 cm x 13.6525 cm
Narrative Inscription:  inscription: ctr. (dark blue on light blue scroll): Diaprunis • n • sol
Accession Number:  MH 2002.3.14
Credit Line:Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
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Description:
Dumbbell shape and with a berettino ground decorated with oak leaves, a label with the name of the drug above a yellow and ochre lion's mask. Dia prunis solutiva is an electuary (a liquid or paste compound, with the ingredients mixed with sugar to both preserve it and make it palatable). In this case it is an electuary made from plums/prunes which is used as a purgative for the humors.

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