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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Italian
Title:Albarello
Date Made:ca. 1560-1570
Type:Container; Medical
Materials:Ceramic; earthenware with tin glaze
Place Made:Europe; Italy, Castel Durante
Measurements:overall: 12 1/2 in x 6 in; 31.75 cm x 15.24 cm
Narrative Inscription:  ctr. (blue on white): TRIFRA MAGNIA
Accession Number:  MH 2002.3.2
Credit Line:Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Description:
Decorated with numerous well painted panels in green, yellow, ochre and grey on a blue ground containing a classical bust surrounded by griffins, a lion, trophies, foliage and a label with the name of the drug painted in a fictive label around the central body of the vase (TRIFERA MAGNIA).

Label Text:
Large drug containers of this shape were used in Renaissance pharmacies to hold either dry or
sticky compounds. The inscription Zuccarum violarum identifies the contents of one jar as a
sweet confection made from violets. The other held Trifera magnia, a remedy concocted
using opium, cinnamon, henbane seeds, two different medicinal rhizomes, and other
ingredients. It was used as a treatment for gastric pains and to induce sleep. Albarelli often did not have ceramic lids, but were sealed instead with parchment squares
tied below the rim with string.

(2007)

Tags:
pottery; containers; medicine; vessels

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