Albarello, drug jar, with female bust in profile, in the manner of the Maestro dei profili corrucciati (Master of the frowning profiles)
- Object Number: STKMG:1954.P.11
- Simple Name: jar
- Full Name: albarello
- Production Place: Sicily
- Production Place: Italy
- Production Period:
- Summary: Albarello, drug jar, with female bust in profile, in the manner of the Maestro dei profili corrucciati (Master of the frowning profiles). Inscribed IULIA (Giulia [bella]) on a vertical banderole to the left of the bust; the remainder of the jar with rapidly drawn foliate decoration in blue.
- Additional Notes: The term albarello refers to a type of maiolica earthenware jar, originally a medicinal vessel designed to hstore drugs, ointments and other treatments. The development of the jar has its roots in the Islamic world and was introduced to Italy by Hispano-Moresque traders. Early Italian examples were produced from in 15th century in Florence.
- Additional Notes: The jar vary is size and style and were used as decorative objects to show wealth and status, as well as functional, medicinal jars. Many specific styles developed and became associated with different regions of Italy.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery