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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
Title:Albarello containing compound made from mastic
Date Made:early 17th century
Type:Container; Medical
Materials:Earthenware; polychrome pigments with tin glaze (majolica)
Place Made:Europe; Italy; Sicily
Measurements:Overall: 6 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in; 16.5 cm x 10.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: lwr. ctr. beneath bust (blue on white ground): •ptt • malticmor •
Accession Number:  MH 2002.3.40
Credit Line:Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
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Description:
Decorated with a bust in manganese, yellow, and ochre above a label surrounded by blue and white scrollwork panels. Restored.

Label Text:
This vessel is decorated with a playfully painted classical bust above a Latin inscription. The reverse displays an equally whimsical image of a smiling satyr. The inscription consists of the abbreviation pillole masticmor, indicating the jar was used to store pills made from mastic resin harvested from the Mediterranean tree/shrub Pistacia lentiscus and used for gastrointestinal conditions.

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