Earthenware; polychrome pigments with tin glaze (majolica)
Overall: 13 1/2 in x 7 in; 34.3 cm x 17.8 cm
Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
Decorated with an enwreathed classical bust bordered by griffins, trophies, a cherub’s head, and other motifs, this albarello carries the inscription “zuccarum violarum.” The vessel was designed to store and preserve Zucchero Violato, a sweet compound made from violets and used for a variety of ailments. This cure-all was administered to aid the lungs, cure headaches, sleeplessness, and to balance the humors as well as flavoring drinks and as an ingredient in cooking.