• Science in Art Tour 6


Find this object in the Pattern in Art Gallery on Floor 2

This type of jar is called an Albarello. It was used by a medicine expert known as a ‘pharmacist’ or ‘apothecary’ to hold his drugs and ointments. Jars like this one were first produced in the Middle East, where apothecaries were developing different medicines made of plants and minerals to cure a range of diseases. This particular albarello was made in Damascus, Syria, possibly intended for us by for a European apothecary in the Italian city of Florence as there is a European style shield in the center.

PO.297.2006, Syria, 1400 – 1425 CE

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