Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
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Albarello jars held dried herbs among other medicinals in their standard concave shape and were handheld in size. The inscription painted below the portrait reads "Sy Vapo." This reveals that the original contents were syrup, since "sy" is understood to be an abbreviation of "syroppo" by most apothecaries of this period Rasmussen, Jörg. The Robert Lehman Collection, Vol. 10. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987, p. 51: www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/The_Robert_Lehman_Collection_Vol_10_Italian_Majolica.
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