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Pharmacy Bottle

Pharmacy Bottle

c. 1500–1510

Did You Know?

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


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.”
  • (F. A. Drey, London).
  • Milliken, William M. "Italian Majolica." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 31, no. 1 (January 1944): 7-15. Mentioned: p. 10, Reproduced: pp. 13-14 25141102
    Cole, Bruce. Italian Maiolica from Midwestern Collections. Bloomington: Indiana University Art Museum, 1977.
    Published as Drug Bottle. Mentioned: p. 36, cat. no. 11; Reproduced: p. 37
    Cleveland Museum of Art, and Jenifer Neils. The World of Ceramics: Masterpieces from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland: Museum in cooperation with Indiana University Press, 1982. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 39, no. 41
  • Italian Majolica from Midwestern Collections. Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN (organizer) (September 4-October 8, 1977).
    No existing exhibition history.
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