Albarello

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Italian, Albarello
Photo Credit: 

Petegorsky/Gipe 

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Italian, Albarello
Photo Credit: 

Petegorsky/Gipe

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Italian
Place made: 
Europe; Italy; Castel Durante
Albarello, ca. 1560-1570
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
MH 2002.3.3

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.