Pharmacy Bottle

Pharmacy Bottle

c. 1500-1510

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Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Overall: 38.8 cm (15 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1943.52.2

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The peacock feather design lining the bottom of this bottle was especially popular in Faenza, near Bologna, during the Renaissance.

Description

Pharmacy bottles that lined the shelves of Renaissance pharmacies often held medicinal herbs, spices, and ointments. The inscription on this bottle reads CAPILLV, which was a liquid extracted from a fern-like plant commonly referred to as “maiden’s hair water.”

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