Albarello containing compound made from mastic, early 17th century
Earthenware; polychrome pigments with tin glaze (majolica)
Overall: 6 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in; 16.5 cm x 10.5 cm
Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
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.