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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:Wet drug jar
Date Made:early 18th century
Type:Container; Medical
Materials:Earthenware; cobalt pigment with tin glaze (majolica)
Place Made:Europe; Italy; Savona
Measurements:Overall: 7 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in; 19.7 cm x 21 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: lwr. ctr. beneath handle (blue one light blue ground): Iulep. Sol. Mag.
Accession Number:  MH 2002.3.45
Credit Line:Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
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Description:
Footed and Handled Wet Drug Jar. Globular jar decorated with a pair of outstretched eagles with halos and above open books against a rocky vista, a galloping armored knight centered beneath the short spout, and inscribed upon a scroll "IULEP. SOL. MAG."

Label Text:
The ornate decoration of this vessel focuses on a galloping armored knight bordered by a pair of haloed eagles perched over open books, perhaps a nod to the Holy Roman Empire. A hidden element created by the potter, but neglected by the painter, is the molded face at the base of the handle. The abbreviation “JULEP. SOL. MAG.” stands for sweet marjoram julep, a drink used to treat coughs, colds, indigestion and to aid in relaxation and sleep.

Tags:
pottery; containers; medicine

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