Apothecary jar (albarello)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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Below a bearded man wearing a turban, 'gra de ocha' is painted in large script on the side of this albarello, or pharmacy jar. A translation derived from granum de oca interprets the former contents as grain of goose Rasmussen, Jörg. The Robert Lehman Collection, Vol. 10. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987, p. 94: www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/The_Robert_Lehman_Collection_Vol_10_Italian_Majolica. This albarello uses the traditional palette of blue, red, yellow, green, and purple (though not in this piece) applied to similar majolica ceramics.

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